Cook Islands Party’s newest MPs Sonny Williams, left, and Tukaka Ama with caretaker Prime Minister and party leader Mark Brown on Wednesday night. Photo: CIP MEDIA TEAM/22081104
Cook Islands Party’s Sonny Williams and Tukaka (Kaka) Ama claimed two more seats for the governing party in the final count of the 2022 general election this week.
Williams, the newly-elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Titikaveka, said he was “surprised” by the final result.
won with a total of 231 votes, squeaking ahead of second-placed candidate
Margharet Matenga (Cook Islands United Party) who received 228 votes. Democratic
Party’s Selina Napa, who held the seat, received 218 votes, and Independent
candidate Teava Iro received 69 votes. The preliminary count on the election
night (August 1) had Matenga winning the seat by six votes.
a brand-new candidate, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Williams said.
said from the feedback he received on the campaign trail, there had been a lot
of support for the Government’s approach to Covid-19.
were many businesses who were grateful for the wage subsidy schemes that kept
them afloat, along with the other stimulus packages the Government implemented.”
said he was proud to represent his electorate of Titikaveka.
are a lot of things that need to be done, there are roadworks, bridgeworks, and
other projects either underway or in the planning,” he said.
is sometimes a bit out of sight, out of mind, I’m looking forward to changing
who has served in several different public service roles, said the call for him
to stand in this election “became stronger and stronger”.
former Secretary of Culture and Infrastructure Cook Islands director for
projects and planning said he was looking forward to taking a break after
the high pressure of campaigning over the last couple of months.
time for me to have a bit of a rest,” Williams said.
(Kaka) Ama, the incoming Member of Parliament for Ngatangiia, managed to pip
his opponent by 11 votes.
the preliminary count Ama was tied with Mapi Ioteva of the Cook Islands United Party
(CIUP) after both candidates received 171 votes each.
the final count which included special and postal votes, Ama managed 202 votes,
Ioteva 191 and Democratic Party candidate Tamaiva Tuavera, who held the seat
for the past two terms, received 155 votes.
elated Ama yesterday said “it’s been quite stressful” however he was feeling
“very happy” with the final outcome.
you to the people of Ngatangiia, our vision is a vision for the people of
Ngatangiia, there is so much I can do and achieve for our people.”
also noted Tuavera and Ioteva: “We all know each other and we have been on the
same journey for the village.”
“The three of us had one common goal, to do better for our village, so we need to work together for the good of Ngatangiia.”