Brown confirms defection

Wednesday January 23, 2019 Written by Published in Politics
Brown confirms defection

Te-Hani Brown says she is simply honouring the wishes of her people by joining the Cook Islands Party-led coalition government.

The youngest parliamentarian, who was elected under the Democratic Party banner last year, on Tuesday decided to support and join the government to give them a majority in the Parliament.

Te-Hani, who is the MP for Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua in Atiu, said joining the government of the day was the right thing to do.

“Roy Disney once said ‘It’s not hard to make a decision when you know what your values are’. To put it simply, my people of Tengatangi, Areora and Ngatiarua voted for me to represent them in Parliament. It is my responsibility to honour the wishes of my people and by supporting the government of the day I am doing exactly that,” Te-Hani said.

“This isn’t about doing what suits me or what suits those who are against this decision. It is about doing the right thing.

“I wouldn’t be here if it were not for my supporters and of course their needs come first. I think some of us may have forgotten that.”

On Tuesday, deputy prime minister Mark Brown announced that Te-Hani decided to support them to ensure the stability of the government and to allow the progress the country had made in its development to continue uninterrupted.

The announcement attracted criticism from the Demos and their party leader Tina Browne said Te-Hani’s strong Demo committee was unaware of the move, adding they were committed to supporting their party.

However Te-Hani said she had the support of her committee to join the government.

She said she wanted to work alongside her mother Rose Brown, who is the Health minister and a MP from Atiu, so that the recent progress in the developments on the island continues.

“A stable government is what we need today so that the machinery of government can continue to operate and to ensure that the good work and projects aren’t disrupted. We want to get work done, and we want it done now,” Te-Hani said.

“Therefore, with the support of my committee, I have decided to support the government of the day, and do whatever is necessary to continue to provide for the people of Areora-Ngatiarua-Tengatangi and Enuamanu as whole by working alongside my mother.

“If my people want me to join government, and the benefits of doing so outweighs the bad, then of course why not.

“I know that politics can be a tough business, I am prepared for it. To my critics, I encourage you to run for your people in future so you can serve them with the same values that I have.”

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