The Cook Islands Ministry of Cultural Development’s buildings on Rarotonga have undergone makeovers in recent months. SUPPLIED23110330
It’s taken six months to get there as Rarotonga looks set to be spick and span for the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting.
Major works on the Cook Islands Ministry of Cultural
Development’s buildings, complex and roading infrastructure have been completed
with Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), Cook Islands Ministry of
Cultural Development (MoCD) and Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) working
together in a coordinated and collaborative effort, implementing plans in May
to undertake a significant schedule of works.
Other key stakeholders who contributed to the success of the
works were Corrective Services, the Ministry of Education and Apii Avarua,
Minister of Culture George Angene’s Office, Te Aponga Uira, contractors and
CIIC Asset Management Division general manager Vasie
Ngatoko-Poila said over 60 personnel had been involved with the project across
all key partners, stakeholders, and contractors.
Works commenced in August and significant upgrades were
completed in decommissioning and replacing the streetlights along Constitution
Avenue, major remedial works to the VIP room, electrical upgrades to the
building and walkways, painting of library and museum and all cobblestone
walkways, covering a combined area of approximately 1000m2.
There was also significant landscaping and the rehabilitation
and installation of new flag poles.
Projects managed by ICI included road rehabilitation works,
road widening, new footpaths, rehabilitation of existing footpaths and
construction of surface drains along Constitution Avenue and Victoria Road.
Remedial works to vehicle access ways, tree removal and
trimming and road drainage works were also completed.
Public bookings for use of the National Auditorium and Domes
were closed for the months of September and October, to allow for works to
One of the key challenges during the project included traffic
management arrangements with Apii Avarua.
But through early communication and intervention, plans and
arrangements were put in place to mitigate and prioritise student health,
safety, and access to Apii Avarua.
Other challenges were coordinating and facilitating work
between multiple contractors and agency staff, while the Library, Museum,
Corrective Services and MoCD continued to operate on site. Limited material
supply also caused minor issues.
“Fortunately, we’ve had mostly good weather over recent weeks.
Fortunately, too, we have had great support from the public. We wish to express
our sincere ata wai wolo to the public, and in particular, the users of the
roads, surrounding hostels and the Avarua School community for their
understanding and patience during these works,” said Secretary of ICI,