Captain Tama on course for another term

Monday June 18, 2018 Written by Published in Politics
 A delighted and relieved Captain Tama addresses his supporters after his win in Ngatangiia was announced on Thursday night. PHOTO: Lawrance Bailey. A delighted and relieved Captain Tama addresses his supporters after his win in Ngatangiia was announced on Thursday night. PHOTO: Lawrance Bailey.

Democratic Party candidate Tamaiva “Captain Tama” Tuavera has retained the Ngatangiia seat he won off the Cook Islands Party in 2014, pulling in 254 votes to his opponent Tukaka Ama’s 211.

 

“I’m ecstatic – and relieved!” said Tuavera on election night after the result for Ngatangiia was announced.

Asked what the vote said about the people of Ngatangiia, Tuavera said the indication was that he still had the trust of the people. “They’re saying that I can still do the job,” he added.

“They have their faith in me, they’ve seen me do the work in the last four years, and obviously they want me to carry on for another four years.”

Recently, Tuavera took issue with comments made by a letter writer to CINews who said the MP needed to “explain why nothing has been done during the time he has been representing Ngatangiia”.

Tuavera told CINews that he had done everything in his power to get the road, sewage, and other issues in the village fixed.

“But at the end of the day, the buck stops with the government of the day,” he said.

“You will never get anything done in your village if you are not with the government. I have been making a lot of noise about these issues affecting our village in parliament, on radio and on TV.”

Tuavera also told CINews that he had talked about the road and other issues with his Democratic Party colleagues and they had assured him that the Muri road would be the first project on their agenda when they formed a government.

On the other side of the fence, unsuccessful CIP candidate Tukaka Ama said he was “glad” the election was over.

“I’m happy with the way I ran my campaign and that I put my hand up to help the community, to try and help the people of Ngatangiia,” said Ama.

“It’s obviously not what they want, but I’m so glad I’ve experienced it.”

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