The CIP conference, held on Monday, also saw the election of new president Nga Jessie and vice-president Taoro Strickland Brown.
Party members acknowledged the service and leadership from retiring former president Papa Rau Nga of Ngatangiia and Tupapa.
Papa Rau has served as CIP president for many years, first during Sir Geoffrey Henry's reign and continuing when Henry Puna became CIP Leader in 2006.
Party insiders say Papa Rau managed to stabilise the CIP during times of uncertainty and has remained true and faithful to his calling as president.
Puna says Papa Rau stepped down in order to take up a higher calling, that of Tauturu Orometua for the Ngatangiia CICC Church.
“We bid him farewell with best wishes and many thanks for his exemplary leadership in our party,” he says.
Asked if there was any negativity among the party following the elections, Puna said ‘absolutely not’.
“For me, the party as a whole won in the end.”
Puna says party members came away from the conference with some clear messages.
He says they cherish the rules of their constitution which gives the freedom to anybody to challenge for an office in the party.
“We respect that. We always have and we always will respect that.”