AUSTRALIA’S Arorangi Puaikura New South Wales community has donated more than $10,400 worth of educational equipment to Apii Arorangi and Rutaki primary schools.
The equipment included projectors, computers, printers and books, as well as some sporting gear for students.
President of the Arorangi Puaikura New South Wales community Toru Pera, said the group had been overwhelmed with the success of the project and looked forward to providing even more support in the future.
“This is a real defining moment for us being able to give back to our community, the place where we grew up from.
“We have been planning for this trip for about two years and what you see here today is the fine contribution and initiative from the Arorangi Puaikura New South Wales Community in Australia.
Pera said the day marked a special one on their community calendar and members of the group were happy to have been able to make a difference in their home communities.
“Today is very important day for us. A total of 32 of our members came to be present at this handover and we will be here on Rarotonga till July 8.
“This trip was also educational for us, knowing that we would be here in time for the Ra o te Ui Ariki on Friday.
“Most of us who have moved to settle in Australia have children who are born overseas and this visit is a good chance for them to be here in the Cook Islands.
“It is also an opportunity for them to observe how our history came to be and the importance of having such a special celebration yearly,” he said.
The equipment was handed over at a special ceremony at Apii Arorangi last Wednesday.