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Minister Angene’s water station ready for use

Saturday 14 May 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National

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Minister Angene’s water station ready for use
Minister George Angene (Maggie). Photo: Supplied/22051309

Minister George Angene’s bright green and yellow water station at Tau Terevete Park is complete and ready for use.

Angene gave praise to his “boys” for helping the construction at the site formerly known as Constitution Park.

“I’m very happy, because it’s not for George Maggie, it’s not for my boys, it’s not for my family, it’s for the family of the world,” the Punanga Nui Market Minister said during the opening on Friday.

Angene stressed the water station would be free for everyone’s use.

During the opening Angene shared from the book of Isaiah, “The Lord says, come everyone who is thirsty, here is water,” he said.

Matching the colour of the water station, one of Angene’s jandals was green and the other was yellow.

The colours chosen for the station served multi-purposes, the yellow which was also painted on the edge of the footpath was to warn people to park on the other side of the road.

Minister George Angene’s bright green and yellow water station at Tau Terevete Park is complete and ready for use. Photo: Supplied/22051307

“The yellow sign is a warning sign, no parking,” he said.

The other reason for the yellow is to make it stand out, particularly at night.

“In the States all the taxis I see on my movies or Facebook, the taxis are all yellow, it stands out.

“The green, I look at the earth on the island, all of Rarotonga is green because of the land, the green of the land.”

Angene said he did not know how much the project cost in the end, but said he contributed a significant amount of his own money and $2000 was allocated for the project.

The water station is surrounded by flowers, has a flag pole flying a Cook Islands flag and on the very top of the roof sits a large water bottle as a symbol.

Attending the opening was also Minister Patrick Arioka, Punanga Nui Market manager William Taripo and Bishop Paul Donoghue.