A Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) charter mission to the Northern Group will depart on an Air Rarotonga flight to Penrhyn this morning, led by the Prime Minister and Minister Responsible for CIIC, Mark Brown.
delegation will also include suspended Deputy Prime Minister Robert Tapaitau
who will be travelling as the Members of Parliament for Penrhyn/Tongareva.
was suspended last week after he appeared in court on conspiracy to defraud
charge. He will reappear in court on October 28.
a statement CIIC said a delegation of essential staff and officials
accompanying the Prime Minister to fulfil the objectives of the mission will
also include Members of Parliament for Manihiki, Akaiti Puna, who is also
Assistant Minister for the Manihiki Airport Project.
delegation members include chief executive officer Allan Jensen, land/legal
manager Henry Herman, asset management project engineer Ben Parakoti and asset
projects supervisor Ralph Adams.
in Manihiki and Rakahanga as well as Penrhyn, the purpose of the trip is to
address various CIIC projects and land matters and to undertake important data
capture work for the government’s asset management programme, the statement
said, adding “this mission has been in the planning for a little while, in
collaboration with a number of government agencies”.
delegation will spend two full days in Penrhyn/Tongareva, where they will be
discussing land matters involving the planned Penrhyn/Tongareva Medical
Facility, as well as assessing necessary capital programme, repair and
maintenance works for the island, with a focus on schools.
Wednesday October 13, the delegation will travel to Manihiki, where they will
be attending to land and project matters involving the Manihiki Airport and
Manihiki Solar Farm Project in Tauhunu.
ongoing projects on Manihiki requiring CIIC attention include the construction
of an Island Council administration building as well as major renovations and
upgrade work planned for cyclone shelters in Tauhunu and Tukao. Water issues at
Tauhunu and Tukao schools will also be addressed.
the rest of the delegation is in Manihiki, CIIC asset project supervisor Ralph
Adams will travel to Rakahanga to conduct scoping work required for some major
renovations around the island, mainly centred around Rakahanga School and
water-related projects. Replacement of the hospital roof and an upgrade to the
Island Council administration building is also planned.
addition to the work already mentioned, a key focus of the CIIC northern
charter mission is to gather data from all three islands to assist in the
administration of the government’s asset management programme, which
encompasses all government buildings across the entire Cook Islands.
dimensions, materials, overall condition and other important information on
every government building needs to be captured in detail so that each building
can be appropriately assessed for the national asset register, the statement
goes without saying that this is an important trip, and one that will
ultimately be of great benefit to our people on Penrhyn, Manihiki and
Rakahanga,” said Prime Minister Brown ahead of his departure.
extensive infrastructure work already completed and underway in many of our
other Pa Enua, Government intends to shift our focus to these three islands
over the next few years, with significant infrastructure improvements currently
am very much looking forward to seeing what needs to be done first-hand,
assessing how that might best be achieved, and moving ahead with these vital
is expected that all necessary CIIC duties will be completed in Manihiki by the
end of Friday, October 15, the entire delegation will then return to Rarotonga
via a chartered Air Rarotonga flight that same day.