Since becoming a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 2014, the Cook Islands has been a voting member.
“It was a wonderful feeling and exciting attending these conferences with the voting right, because they get to hear our voice, even though we are very small in number,” said national president Ngara Katuke.
“At these events, we also get to showcase some of our popular items like pearls, hand-printed pareus, shells eis, plastic head eis, embroidery and handicrafts made by our members.”
Tutai Mauke and Peggy Turua were official delegates, voting and speaking on behalf of the Cook Islands, and Tatari Mitchell was part of the procedural team and head teller during the voting sessions.
Katuke was given the opportunity to chair meeting sessions and work with the presenters, and Angelina Mitchell also contributed with tasks assigned by the Asia Pacific Committee.
The women were honoured to be given the morning devotions duties with the theme, Unite, Thrive and Grow.
During this time, Mitchell, Turua and Angelina became members of Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS – the Cook Islands has now six members in total.
The first are Tepaeru Kokaua and Ngara Katuke in Nepal in 2016, and in March 2017, Tutai Mauke became the 3rd Cook Islands member.
Fifty years of the Asia Pacific Region of WAGGGS and 20 years of the FAPW and together with the 100 Years of Girl Scouts of Taiwan was also celebrated.
“We remembered both the challenges and successes of our glorious past and look towards a brighter and more colourful future. We look forward to the wonderful memories and impacts we are yet to make in the years to come,” said Katuke.
“Through this event, we will be able to further ignite the flame of Girl Guiding as we look back on old memories and reunite with old friends, and look forward on gaining additional knowledge, meeting new friends and making more memories.”
The five delegates are national commissioner Tutai Mauke, national secretary Tatari Mitchell, young women ambassador Angelina Mitchell, St Joseph company leader Peggy Turua and national president Ngara Katuke.