Young women share achievements

Thursday October 11, 2018 Written by Published in Local
BPW president Juanita Wynne (left) with former vice-president Julia Evans. 18101028 BPW president Juanita Wynne (left) with former vice-president Julia Evans. 18101028

Young Cook Islands women who have returned to their home country will share their experiences and achievements at a Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) presentation, next Tuesday evening.

Lawyer Talissa Koteka, a consultant at the Office of the Prime Minister, electrical engineer Teiti (Tei) Nia (Te Aponga Uira), signwriter Maya Solomon of Raro Signs and civil engineer Maruia Willie of McConnell Dowell Constructors Offshore Ltd will make presentations during the evening.

Says BPW president Juanita Wynne: “We are very fortunate now to see young Cook Islanders who have studied or lived abroad have the opportunity to have successful careers in Rarotonga, rather than taking their skills offshore.

“The women all under the age of 30 are ready to amaze us with their empowering stories and share their achievements, and that is something to be celebrated.”

The evening will be BPW’s final event for the year.

With a membership of over 250, BPW is a non-government organisation (NGO) that provides a platform for members and all Cook Islands women to attend events aligned with the values of network, leadership and development. 

The current BPW executive board consists of president Juanita Wynne, vice-presidents Liana Scott and Karlene Pynenburg, secretary Ana File-Heather, treasurer Liz Koteka, and executive members Trish Barton, Rebecca Brown and Peka Fisher.

Wynne thanks former vice-president Julia Evans for what she describes as a “fabulous” contribution during the year. “We wish her well on her new endeavours”. 

Liana Scott who was an executive committee member, has now stepped into this role.

The organisation has also welcomed their newest executive member, Peka Fisher, Wynne says brings a wealth of marketing expertise and a fresh outlook that will enhance the committee greatly.

Tickets for the event, which will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at Nautilus Resort from 5.30pm, can be purchased from The Computer Man or Fave Design. There will be no door sales. A silent auction is also planned for the night.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Are Pa Metua.

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