“On behalf of my family, these are my two sons, I would like to, through me, thank the Prime Minister, Cabinet, the Cook Islands government, the New Zealand High Commission and all involved in the successful rescue mission at the weekend,” said Rattle.
The Speaker’s sentiments were echoed during Prime Minister Henry Puna’s ministerial statement’ focused on the Cook Islands’ recent bid to become a member of the United Nations.
Puna thanked personally the officers and pilots involved in the initial search and rescue of the two fishermen in Manihiki.
He also thanked Police Commissioner Maara Tetava and his team for their prompt response to the issue.
Puna also personally thanked Ewan Smith of Air Rarotonga and his team for ‘dropping everything’ to conduct an air search when they were alerted to the emergency.
Rattle thanked the people of Manihiki for coming together in a show of solidarity, involving the northern group island community spread across the globe.
In other announcements Rattle urged three MPs who had failed to take advantage of funds from the Cooks Foundation to put their proposals in for the $2000 available for use on community projects.
The Speaker also welcomed Parliament’s newest minister Albert Nicholas and wished him the best in delivering his duties as part of his new role in Parliament.