President Nga Jessie says one outcome of the party puna workshops the party has completed throughout the country, was recognising that on Rarotonga, members in each constituency are not representing just a village seat, but also Pa Enua residents who live in them.
This point was discussed during the Te Au o Tonga and Puaikura Puna workshops held last year.
“If you visit the wharf on a boat day, you will see Manihikians from Tutakimoa, Nga Pu Toru living in Arorangi, taking supplies to be transported to their loved ones on their home islands,” president Nga Jessie said.
“This is the essence of the Cook Islands Party policy for this year’s election campaign - including everyone in the growth and development of our country.”
As the CIP begins to build up its party campaign and image, the party’s policy arm is finalising the “Election 2018 Policy for Prosperity” publication.
Spearheaded by Vaine Wichman and her team of policy analysts, the publication is lean, the team choosing not to repeat achievements and mileage gained over the last governing period, but to look ahead and provide clear directions on what the party will complete over 2018 to 2022. The people, governance, infrastructure upgrades, socio-economic initiatives that sustain Cook Islands culture, traditions and environment are all covered.
‘Being inclusive, respecting the diverse makeup of our people, and honouring core values of faith, tradition and environment feature prominently throughout the document’ Wichman said.