Participants in the 2022 Youth Parliament. From left: Madancima Makara (Mitiaro), Munokoa Takai (Rakahanga), Akarere Taka (Matavaera) and Rosaline Antonia (Tongareva). Melina Etches/22042602
Twenty-six youths have registered for the ‘Elect’ Cook Islands Youth Parliament meeting which started yesterday morning in preparation for the ‘parliament sitting’ in Parliament Chamber tomorrow.
Organised by the
Cook Islands National Youth Council (CINYC), the event is aimed at young Cook
Islanders aged 18-35, and intends to provide a platform for youth to become
more aware of and involved in political discussions, and participate in parliamentary
come from a range of community, government, and non-government roles, and
include representatives from the Pa Enua.
Munokoa Takai was
raised on the northern island of Rakahanga and is now employed at Te Marae Ora
in the Health Intelligence Unit (HIU) on Rarotonga.
Although she is “very nervous” at the upcoming Youth Parliament, Takai is excited and believes the experience will be beneficial, “we will be learning about the parliamentary processes and listening to different presentations, it will be good,” she said.
In her opening speech,
CINYC Vice President, Claytoncy Taurarii congratulated the youth for taking on
“Every single one of us is unique and each
person lives life differently.”
“The youth of
today is our only hope for tomorrow, hence why we you a sense of
responsibility, by guiding, nurturing, and showing you the right path.
“We are all
responsible for strengthening the foundation of our country,” she said. in Parliament Ch
The Speaker of the
House Tai Tura, the Clerk of Parliament Tangata Vainerere and parliamentary staff
also attended the Youth Parliament sessions at the Edgewater Resort.
The CIYC Executive
Members for 2021-2022 are: President - Alexandria Mackenzie-Hoff, Vice
President - Claytoncy Taurarii - Southern Group Islands, Vice President - Byron
Brown - Northern Group Islands,
Secretary - Keisha Dais, Treasurer - Selane Tairea.