Jessica Glassie (left), Mosman Baker, Tutu Tuavera during the group work discussions for the Kia Orana Plus rapid training programme. 20112222
Cook Islands Tourism Corporation are encouraging people join them in making “your Cook Islands Promise”.
The Cook Islands Promise is a joint commitment to protect
all Cook Islands residents, and international visitors, from the severe acute
respiratory syndrome, widely known as Covid-19.
By participating in the Kia Orana Plus rapid training
programme, businesses and individuals are making headway to commit to the
Promise. Rolled out over four phases, the training is ensuring individual,
industry and community readiness is achieved.
The Kia Orana Plus rapid training programme has been
delivered to over 300 participants across Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
Claire Wilson, Cook Islands Tourism’s business partnerships
manager, said: “Individual and business feedback has been fantastic. For some,
the training serves as a positive reminder of what needs to be done. And for
others, it has given them a whole new perspective on what they can be doing.”
At each training, Wilson and the team sign up their
participants to the CookSafe contact tracing system.
“What we have realised from the training is that, change
starts with the individual. What started as a one stop training has now evolved
into four phases. Phase one focused on CEO’s, business managers and directors.
Phase two focused on the employees. Phase three has been ‘in-business’ specific
training. And now, we are progressing into phase four. This phase will see the
programme reach our schools and community groups. We all need to do our part to
commit to the Cook Islands Promise and remain vigilant.”
The training provides tips and recommendations on best
practice during this time: pragmatic physical distancing, good hygiene and
disinfection. The Promise outlines three different zones: the general zone, the
explore zone and the stay zone.
The training is reminding participants to avoid crowding,
avoid direct contact and to avoid unnecessary touching, all while maintaining
our Kia Orana Spirit and customer service.
Wilson said: “While these important steps will see the
temporary pause on our much loved Kia Orana Customs: hugging, kissing, aka ei
and the sharing of food, we must remember this is not forever. The Kia Orana
Aunties have worked hard to ensure that the Kia Orana Spirit is not lost during
this time. There are now 3 Kia Orana signs for our much loved values; Kia
Orana, Meitaki and Mana Tiaki. This sign language is taught through our Kia
Orana Plus training.”
If you would like to register for the Kia Orana Plus rapid
training programme, email Carlene Mapu email@example.com or phone