He had previously travelled to New Zealand several times with his wife Sue, for medical for reasons.
“Sue is doing well now and we are home,” he said.
“My ears are open and welcome to whatever the people’s needs are and I will do my best; thank you to all the people who prayed for us, and the people of Akaoa for understanding.”
Baker is keen to get back into work and begin much needed projects for the people, and catching up again with good friend minister George Angene.
Although they stand for different political parties, these two remain staunch friends and persevere to do what they are able to “for the people.”
Baker said, “our friendship is not about being a CIP or a Demo, it’s about friendship; helping each other on projects and especially the people.”
The pair both grew up on the island, attended Apii Avarua, couldn’t speak English at the age of 12, and never made it to Tereora College or university.
They managed to become self employed business owners, and today are Members of Parliament, and have maintained their friendship throughout the years.
“It’s about common sense and determination,” said Baker, on reaching where they are today from humble beginnings.
Both aspire to do as much as they can to better conditions for society and agree the greatest thing is to respect everyone and to be honest, “what we are doing, it’s about the people and for society.”
Baker and his team have begun groundwork for the student’s easier access safety gate from the main road, the footpath area and drop off zone at Apii Arorangi.
“It’s about making a safer access environment for the kids when they enter and leave school grounds among all the vehicles,” Baker said.
A pedestrian crossing will also be added to the area from the new school gate to the CICC church.
Baker said he appreciates the minister of Infrastructure Robert Tapaitau and government for listening to the people and assisting with public projects in the village.