Political speed dating

Monday March 05, 2018 Written by Published in Politics

Cook Islands Members of Parliament, civil servants and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) staff will have a chance to meet some of their New Zealand counterparts at a special function being held in Tupapa when New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leads a delegation to Rarotonga this week.


The function will take the form of a mini-expo in between the official opening of the new Tereora College buildings and lunch being hosted by Speaker of Parliament Niki Rattle.

The concept of the mini-expo is said to be a bit like ‘speed dating’, with locals and visitors having a couple of hours to meet and greet and discuss matters of interest with light refreshments thrown in.

The special function will be held at Coastal Kitchen in Tupapa, and will allow local people and agencies to mix with likeminded people in the same line of business to discuss ideas and opportunites. It will be attended by the bulk of the delegation with the exception of Prime Minister Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

The visiting New Zealand party is made up of Prime Minister Ardern, Deputy PM Peters, MPs from all sides of the New Zealand Parliament, civil servants, and representatives from the business community and NGOs.

The delegation will have already been to Samoa, Niue and Tonga before coming to Rarotonga, which is the group’s last stop before heading home to New Zealand. The trip had already been planned before Cyclone Gita swept through the western Pacific, sideswiping Samoa and Tonga along the way.

After Gita struck, the New Zealand delegation was changed to include people from organisations able to help with relief operations.

Organisations interested in attending the ‘political speed dating’ function with members of the New Zealand delegation on Wednesday should contact Jaewynn McKay by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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