Prime Minister Mark Brown with Nimeti Nimeti, executive officer for Manihiki Island Government, Anna Rauru, principal of Apii Tukao and Apii Tauhunu, and Member of Parliament for Manihiki Akaiti Puna. OPM/21102002
Autism Cook Islands is pleased to extend their vision to some of the Northern Group islands including Manihiki, Rakahanga and Penrhyn, by donating resources helpful in raising awareness for the schools on those islands.
Tukao and Apii Tauhunu in Manihiki, Apii Rakahanga, and Penrhyn’s Tetautua and
Omoka schools received a resource pack each from Autism Cook Islands.
packs included the following: Resource Library Books featuring ‘Different Like
Me’ (My book of autism heroes) and ‘When My Worries Get Too Big,’ which
included teaching activities for teachers.
resource packs also featured an Autism Cook Islands booklet/folder which
included a presentation from the group and the way forward, autism quick cards
in Cook Islands Maori, printouts from Autism CI workshops as well as sensory
and managing behaviour information and resources.
Jensen, programme manager for Autism Cook Islands, explained that these
donations were made possible through her husband Allan Jensen, the chief
executive of Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), who was a part of the
government delegation trip to the Northern Group last week.
Prime Minister Mark Brown led the trip
with the mission being to address various CIIC projects and land matters and to
undertake important data to capture work for the government’s asset management
programme, all in line with the corporation’s vision of providing quality
assets that serve the Cook Islands people.
along the way was conveniently able to bestow the resource packs to schools on
each of the three islands they visited.
Nimeti, the executive officer for Manihiki Island Government who has two
children on the autism spectrum on the island, was also gifted a USB with
copies of Autism CI’s two past workshops as well as resources on communication
passports, toileting, and routines and structures.
is now welcome to share any of this information with the Manihiki community,”
of the schools were very much appreciative of the resources provided.”
says Autism CI is committed to providing the outer islands with as much support
as possible as seen through the two workshops they have already held in
Aitutaki. She thanked CIIC for agreeing to take the packs to the Northern Group
schools during this recent trip.