Avatiu-Ruatonga-Palmerston (RAPPA) Member of Parliament and newly appointed Cabinet Minister Albert Nicholas at home in December, 2022. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS 22122335
Avatiu MP Albert Nicholas is calling on the teenagers who are involving themselves in an alleged ongoing dispute, to direct their energy to something more positive and constructive.
Nicholas was approached by CI News to comment on a
recent dispute which is understood to be between a group of teenagers from
neighbouring villages in Rarotonga.
They are understood to be from Tupapa and Avatiu.
Nicholas said that he is not clear on what exactly
“But I guess its boys being boys, teenagers.”
“What I would say to these teenagers, - look, calm down, direct all that energy to something more positive and constructive than wasting your time bickering amongst each other, which in the end achieves nothing. Basically no good comes of it”.
He has reiterated his message saying: “Trust me
guys when you get older, you would realise that your past deeds were an
absolute waste of your youth. So my advice would be, Love your neighbour as you
“Listen to everything your parents teach you and
not forgetting every trouble you put yourselves through, brings shame and
embarrassment upon them and your household.”
Nicholas has invited the youths who have so much
aggression to join the Avatiu Boxing Camp/ fight club and unload their aggression
on the boxing bags/ pads.
Meanwhile, Police have arrested a 22-year-old male
and charged him for wilful damage in connection to the ongoing dispute.
Police media person Trevor Pitt said
the wilful damage charge arose from a Tupapa incident a week ago while the
assault investigation is from the after night club incident on Sunday 15th
January - involving others.
Pitt has clarified that there is a holding charge
against the accused while Police continue investigating the fighting.
Police say two other males are also being
investigated on charges of assault and assault on a female.