Kia orana e te ititangata kuki airani. No te mea e ko teia taku tataanga mua kia kotou, te aravei nei au ia tatou, i roto i te aroa o te Atua.
Manea tikae te Ra o te Ui Ariki ta matou i akaepaepa i Nukuroa nei i te ra tai o Tiurai. Kua tae mai oki te Kaumaiti Nui, koia a Tou Ariki pera katoa, a Tiatava Tiki Tetava Ariki ki Nukuroa nei. Kua maeva e kua mataora te Ra o te Ui Ariki.
a candidate standing for the Cook Islands United Party for Nukuroa, I want to
give thanks to all my extended family, the supporters of the Cook Islands
United Party and the people of the Cook Islands. To our family matriarch, Te
Maeu o te Rangi Teikamata Ariki, te ngati Te Akatauira, ngati Paruarangi e te
ngati Nurau, kia orana kia kotou katoatoa. E tae uatu ki te au upoko ariki o
am saddened that unfortunately, Nukuroa and some sister islands, are the
forgotten ones. We are literally out of sight and out of mind, so to speak. Why
do I say this? Well, we have no radio, no television and no newspapers and
public information on the island. The internet connection at most times is very
weak. It’s like, this place is back in the 60’s.
brings me to 1968. The seed was sown back then by my Papa, Raui Pokoati, who
raised me and led Nukuroa, as its first member of the legislative assembly,
together with the founding architect of our country, Papa Arapati and other
leaders. I wish my good friend and Atiu warriors, Nooroa Paratainga and Vaine
Tutai Boaza, all the best for their campaign in Enuamanu. Not forgetting our
sister Lotiola Mateariki, in Akatokamanava. Ironically, Papa Mariri Paratainga
and Papa Raui were close colleagues in the legislative assembly back in the
days. Now generations later, in fact, 54 years, their respective sons would
follow their same footsteps.
lot of people have asked me, why are you standing for the United Party? Well,
the simple answer is, our people. Our people are crying out for real change.
Change for a new and fresh governance! People have openly said to me, we are
sick and tired of the dirty and corrupt politics. As president for the Koutu
Nui for the period 2011 to 2021, over a period of 10 years, I have seen some
remarkably poor policy decisions by Government. Don’t get me wrong, there have
been some good policies initiatives and projects by government but these have
largely been overshadowed by policy directives that really goes against the
will of the people. I know, because on both these occasions, I joined the march
to Parliament to voice and protest against the purse seining fishing agreement
with the European Union. Government selling our fish to the EU for a mere
Te Mato Vai. Not so much as replacing our old decaying water pipes, as this was
essential, but the plan to charge our people water rates, another tax burden,
for a God given resource, from willing landowners, who’s land the water
catchments are located. To add salt to the wound, government intends to
chlorinate, adding chemicals, to clean our fresh water supply. People strongly
objected to any chemicals being added to our water supply. That is why they
marched to Parliament. Sadly, both public petitions were not given its rightful
place and ignored by Government. This dictatorial approach by Government needs
to be stopped and remedied.
is this Government for the people and by the people? You answer this question,
yourself. May I suggest to the incoming new Government, to consider
implementing a Council of Imminent Advisors, representing all pillars of our
community. Their principal task is to provide good advice to Cabinet on matters
of national importance.
was asked during my campaign on Nukuroa, what do I intend to do for the island?
Well, I replied, fixing the radio and television is easy, I will find the
necessary budget and purchase the appropriate equipment and materials. This
only proves that funds are directed to other islands where political
allegiances are more important. Just look at the economic and capital
disparities between those preferred and those not so preferred islands. What is
going to be hard and difficult is, trying to convince the aging and remaining
population on Nukuroa, over time, to shift from a public service employment
mentality to a more diversified focus on providing small cottage type economic
development businesses, that will sustain and provide more meaningful
employment and economic benefit for the people. We have ample land and lake
resources to tap into viable ventures with external funding assistance that can
be provided for small business start-ups in these areas. Doing nothing, is not
remember, as the past coach of the Nukuroa rugby and league teams, we fielded a
13 and 15 aside teams to complete in Rarotonga, Today, we cannot even get a 7s
team. That’s how serious outwards migration has hit these island groups. There
is virtually nothing to stay back for, except when one is on the government
payroll – 98 per cent of the work-force, are public servants. The main roll of
96 voters reveals this terrible state. A sad legacy that stretches from
generation to generation, from son to grandfather.
believe, the Cook Islands United Party can break this impoverished employment
and living cycle, by providing opportunities in agriculture, itiki, roto-fish
farming and eco-tourism home based businesses. That’s why I am backing the
Leader of the Cook Islands United Party, Teariki Heather. I know he can move
and do things. He’s a shaker and doer. He walks the talk and creates
opportunities for others to follow. E ara e tumutevarovaro, e ara e ngaputoru,
e ara e te basileia. Kua tau te tuatau, no te tienianga i te kavamani. E tu e