New Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tui Dewes and Te Vaerua staff members Pare Tangata, Maine Beniamina and Teina Taulu. NZHC/22121916.
Cook Islands non-government-organisations (NGOs) are grateful to have received financial assistance from the 2022/2023 round of the New Zealand High Commission Fund.
On Friday the New Zealand High Commission was
delighted to hold signing ceremonies with the seven successful recipients for
the Revitalisation/Whakarauora-themed round of projects.
The focus was on selecting projects that, in a post-Covid
environment, will contribute to revitalising community development, health and
Thirty-eight applications were received from across
the Cook Islands and the High Commission conducted an “extensive internal
assessment process” before making their final decisions.
Fund recipients Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation
Services provide rehabilitative goods and services to the people of the Cook
Service manager Maine Beniamina said the $6000 fund will
be used to buy barcoding equipment to keep track of all the rehabilitation and
mobility gear, so staff know exactly where they are located.
“It has been difficult to keep track of equipment,”
she said, explaining that sometimes equipment was not returned for others to
use, or it got misplaced and lost.
“We are happy to receive these funds which will
benefit us and members of the community who need the assistance of particular
equipment,” said Beniamina.
Beniamina encourages people who have vulnerable
members in their homes to keep them well hydrated during the festive period and
to keep an eye on when their prescriptions need to be refilled.
Fund recipient Te Are Ariki (House of Ariki) has had
to cope with the elements when official engagements are hosted at Te Atupare
Marae in Arorangi.
Tupuna Rakanui, Te-O-Tari-Kura o te Are Ariki (House
of Ariki Clerk) said they were “very grateful” to receive the funds for the
construction of an all-weather and culturally-appropriate shelter at the marae.
Rakanui said the shelter project is expected to start
next year and will provide shelter from the heat and rain for the Ui Ariki when
they are seated on Te Atupare Marae.
The Cook Islands Child Welfare Association will use
its funding to provide services, equipment and resources to Paunu Clinics in
the southern Pa Enua, as well as to deliver capacity-building training for
members and volunteers, drawing on the specialist skills of Volunteer Services
Abroad (VSA) Plunket Nurse Molly Dalton.
Te Punanga Oraanga Matutu will provide training and
awareness in the southern Pa Enua on the prevention of domestic violence, focusing
on men’s issues in responding to anger and stress, alcohol and drugs and family
violence. The training will be supported by the founder of Aotearoa New
Zealand’s He Waka Tapu, Daryl Gregory.
Providing a positive activity that will enhance the
health and wellbeing of children and young people, the Cook Islands Cycling
Federation will construct a free-flowing cycling facility open to the
community, and school holiday programmes and club days.
Meanwhile, Te Are Manu will provide de-sexing and
parasite control clinic services, education and training for Agriculture
Welfare Officers, and a population census of dogs and cats for the islands of
Atiu, Mauke, Mitiaro, and Mangaia.
The Mangaia Island Administration also received
support for a water security project on the island.