At the Are Pa Metua fundraising lunch for the purchase of a new van: Back left: Tepaeru
Teaukura and Are Pa Metua coordinator Moana-O-Liliuokalani Marsters. Front Left: Nga
Mokoroa, Rangituruturu Pitomaki and Ngamata Fuller. 22122117
Over 100 families and friends attended the Are Pa Metua lunch fundraiser at the Islander
Hotel on Wednesday.
Are Pa Metua coordinator,
Moana-O-Liliuokalani Marsters said she was pleased to see the “wonderful”
support from the families of the elderly, and thanked everyone for making the
time to attend the lunch event.
The event was held to raise funds to buy a
new van which is needed to pick up and transport the Mamas and Papas to the Are
Pa Metua centre in town and various activities.
“We will re-open the centre next year and
hope to see everyone again - and we will continue to raise funds to purchase
our van,” said Marsters.
Eighty-seven-year-old Nga Mokoroa, the Are
Pa Metua vice-president, thanked the guests for attending the event, noting
that most members were over the age of 80 and several were in their 90s.
Ministry of Internal Affairs secretary
Anne Herman opened the lunch event and highlighted the hard work Marsters and
her husband do for the Are Pa Metua. Ministry staff were also there to help serve
This year 6804 beneficiaries received a
$50 Christmas bonus from the Cook Islands Government on December 21. This is
expected to help provide assistance to families during this festive period,
when expenses usually increase.
Beneficiaries include those receiving the
Cook Islands Pension, Child Benefit, Caregivers Allowance and Infirm and