Youth council to elect new president

Wednesday March 13, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

Cook Islands National Youth Council (CINYC) will elect a new president at its annual general meeting tonight.


The meeting will be held at Atiu Hostel, starting at 5pm.

Current council president Sieni Tiraa said she would be stepping down from the position she took on in 2017, to concentrate on personal matters.

However Tiraa said she would like to remain in the council as a committee member.

Apart from the president’s post, election will also take place for three other important executive roles.

They are council secretary, vice-president Northern Group and treasurer/public relations officer.

Present secretary Piakura Passfield is now based in Wellington, New Zealand, the vice-president Northern Group Liam Kokaua is leaving the country and treasurer/public relations person Nukutau Pokura has decided to step down due to personal commitments.

Tiraa said the onus was on the newcomers to step up to the challenge by taking these executive positions.

“Serving youth has been my passion and I was so fortunate to be able to speak against issues concerning youth through the council.

“Being able to advocate on behalf of the youth in places and issues where they don’t really have a voice was quite satisfying,” Tiraa said.

“It’s a challenge too especially when you have a full-time job to concentrate on and it’s also quite taxing, particularly when dealing with those resistant to the youth voices.”

Tiraa said they were hoping for a good turnout at the AGM and also a healthy discussion with the stakeholders following the new appointments. Two members from each of the Southern Group islands are also here to attend the meeting as well as a capacity-building workshop which was held yesterday.

The Cook Islands National Youth Council has seven executive members, five of whom are core executive members.   

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