Saturday 29 April 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Education, National
The youth development programme, held under the banner of Blue Light Cook Islands, began to draw to a close yesterday with a march-in parade and graduation ceremony at Police National Headquarters.
On display with an impressive discipline of parade work and stamina, the young group was the focus of motivation and encouragement from the Police leadership, Pastor Kapao Kapao, and course patroness Niki Rattle.
Key themes stood out during those words of encouragement, particularly the symbolic importance of being a “trailblazer”, adhering to principles of Christianity, and applying respect throughout the community.
Family and friends attending the graduation were also reminded of the leadership qualities that the young ones possessed – qualities that needed only to be coaxed out of the participants and nurtured.
In a statement, Cook Islands Police said: “The youth need not be looked upon as ‘leaders of tomorrow’ for they had already become ‘leaders of today’, thanks to the right encouragement and guidance.”
“Such was the challenge laid down to parents and guardians: let not this opportunity slip backwards but support the leadership qualities the young ones have demonstrated in their training, and guidance.”
Police Commissioner TJ Keenan cited the excellent contributions of staff, throughout the course, namely Inspector Kirikava, Aporo Kirikava, S/Constable Lisa Tatakura, Teau Hosking, and Pare Rongokea.
Special commendations were awarded to several standout participants for excelling in the programme:
Pipi Warren - One Section's Most Improved Student, Joseph Rua - One Section's Top Student, Tereva Murare - Two Section's Most Improved Student, Athena Nicholas - Two Section's Top Student, Isaia Matau - Section Three's Most Improved Student, Rylan Ritawa - Section Three's Top Student, Mitchell Nga - Overall Merit Award, and Travel Ngatamariki - Overall Excellence Award.
“Congratulations to all the participants!”