Minister for Infrastructure Cook Islands and Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) Albert Nicholas. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/23121377
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed by four major utility companies in the coming weeks, confirmed Albert Nicholas, Minister for Infrastructure Cook Islands and Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC).
was responding to questions in Parliament raised last week by Akaoa MP Robert
Heather of the Cook Islands United Party, who specifically inquired about the
trenches being dug up by various companies around Rarotonga.
said each utility company had their own policy and compliance standards.
said there was a service coordination committee which was formed in 2019
comprising of utility companies To Tatou Vai (TTV), Te Aponga Uira (TAU), Infrastructure
Cook Islands (ICI) and Vodafone Cook Islands.
committee meets every fortnight to discuss new developments, upcoming work,
future plans and any issues or changes.”
acknowledged the concern raised by Heather that there seems to be no
coordination between Vodafone, TAU, TTV and ICI.
I understand his concern because at the end of the day, all the excess cost
puts pressure on the end user or the customer,” the Minister said.
lack of coordination is putting pressure on our people after all why have two
trenches when one would suffice.”
said he has been informed about a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the
agencies that aims to formally document many of the improved processes and
coordination efforts regarding trenching, spacing requirements, service line
placement, and future costs.
he expressed uncertainty about whether this agreement would be effectively
implemented in the future.
emphasised that it would be his responsibility to ensure the MoU is applied
effectively and leads to lower costs for the people.