George “Maggie”Angene stands inside the completed dome at the Tupapa Maraerenga Courts. - 22111505
The netball dome at the Tupapa Maraerenga courts donated by China only needs a lick of black and white paint, says Minister George ‘Maggie’ Angene.
who is Tupapa’s MP, is leading the project. He said painting the village
colours on the dome should only take a couple of days.
dome itself is finished, there’s nothing else to do on the dome,” Angene said.
very, very happy (with the dome).”
dome is equipped with lights so games can be played at night.
is going to be a multipurpose dome, anything can be held inside here.”
said it could be used for indoor basketball, tennis, volleyball, badminton,
church services and cultural events.
a member of the village passes away, if the family wants to use this place they
official opening of the dome will be held on December 15. Angene said he
expected around 1500 people to attend, including former Tupapa residents returning
from New Zealand, landowners and sports representatives. A representative from
sponsors China will also appear via Zoom.
Angene secured the dome after visiting Zhuhai, China – “a sister
city to Rarotonga” – in 2018 with then deputy prime minister Mark Brown, who is
now the Prime Minister.
Angene previously told Cook Islands News the mayor of the city
asked what they could do for the village and he asked for the dome. The dome
was meant to be built in 2019 but was put on hold because of Covid-19.
Angene said some members of the community were “moaning” about
the government working with China. But he said the dome was a gift from a “friend
of China” and not between governments.
Angene thanked the president of Tupapa rugby league and rugby
union associations, landowners, the president of netball and the netball
project manager for supporting the project.
The dome will be known as Rangi Marumaru, which means Shady Sky.