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Wednesday 30 November 2022 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Culture, Local, National
Cook Islands Business Trade Investment Board (BTIB) staff Teroro Tapurau-Totini at the Cook Islands Feminist Forum. 22112918
staff Teroro Tapurau-Totini speaking at the Cook Islands National Feminist
Forum in an example, explained how Mangaia has the perfect soil to plant
containers of potatoes but we have an island to plant on,” Tapurau-Totini said.
example was a young man who was already planting mushrooms in Arorangi.
also mentioned Arama Wigmore who has proven this and was already planting on
participants also discussed the importance of women selling by-products instead
of the end products.
comes after a participant questioned if women in the outer islands would think
out of the box and sell raw products instead of the finished products.
said they have gone to the Pa Enua and encouraged women that there are markets,
but they need to be committed.
said overseas customers were always asking for coloured rito, kiri’au, and paua
said women have a lot of opportunities they could tap into but if they can’t
provide for Rarotonga they won’t be able to provide for those overseas.
Affairs director of Labour and Consumer Services Sandrina Thondoo said it must
also be considered that young people in the Pa Enua have left.
she said people residing in the outer islands need to be motivated.
need to speak the language that will motivate them. For those mama’s and young
girls, how we need to keep them motivated.”
Islands Family Welfare Association (CIFWA) executive director Rongo File said
the two day forum that ends today has participants who are multi-skilled.
said there was a lot of discussion around the Pa Enua discussion how some were
complacent and set back but it was time to get engaged and motivated
president of NCW (Cook Islands National Council of Women) said, we have those
gifts. For women in the P Enua their skills are to be taught and passed to our
discussion will focus on education and cultural identity, also on women in