Glassie, Member of Parliament for constituency of Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua, and Brown – Teenui-Mapumai’s incoming MP – were present at Glassie’s office yesterday where they were asked on their plans for the island.
Following the beginning of the $1.5 million Atiu runway rehabilitation project this week, the MP’s said they would like to continue working with island residents – regardless of political affiliation – and create economic opportunities.
“We want to keep building Atiu and the community, and continue the hard work of our grandparents,” said Glassie.
In becoming the first female MP for the island, Brown said she would like to work with youth to keep them on the island, as well as work to better the lives of women and seniors.
“I am confident we will be able to get a lot of work done together,” she said.
Both MP’s were victorious on election night but had the results challenged in court through petitions launched by their Democratic Party opponents.
Brown, who unseated Teenui-Mapumai’s former MP political titan Norman George, had her victory affirmed by the High Court earlier this week, and described the process as “tiring, and a lot of time wasted.”
In a decision announced this week, the first-time MP was able to shrug off seven separate allegations of bribery.
“The people have spoken on election night on who they want,” she said.
Yesterday, George was publically musing on a possible appeal of that decision, and both Atiuans said they would comment when, and if, action is taken through the courts.
Glassie, who also successfully fought off allegations of bribery, said he reacted to both petition decisions with a “...a great sense of relief.”
He also described the petition process as “wasteful and time consuming”, adding the time would have been better spent towards passing legislation such as the 2014-15 financial budget.
“The people have confidence in the Cook Islands Party Government,” said Glassie.
“The facts speak for themselves, and the only way forward is with strong, meaningful, leadership.”
Both MP’s said they were thankful to God and their supporters who stood by their side through the campaign, election, and petition periods.
“I first want to thank the Lord, and our many supporters on Atiu and overall in the Cook Islands,” said Brown.
In further offering their thanks, they both offered the words of Psalms 91, 1&2.
“Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him: You are my defender and protector. You are my God, In you I trust.”