Maggie said: “I would really like for them to be sacked, the person is working in the Office of the Opposition and the Democratic Party.”
He asked for a direct apology from the staff member to both the family and to himself.
“That’s all I want, just for them to apologise for what they did, to go in the paper, the TV and the radio.”
The post showed mourners at the 14-year-old boy’s funeral saying the young people there were delivered a powerful message – “especially those who go to Maggie’s to drink and smoke marijuana, to stop it.”
The party issued an unattributed apology to Culture Minister George Maggie and the Ioane family on their Facebook page on Thursday night.
Then yesterday, as anger deepened, Demos leader Tina Browne issued a personal apology. She said it was “inappropriate and bad timing” and that she had spoken with both Maggie and the family directly.
Her Chief of Staff William Framhein acknowledged he was an administrator on the page, but categorically denied suggestions he was responsible.
Although the identity of someone who makes a Facebook post is visible to other administrators, Framhein claimed he did not know who uploaded the post.
He also said he did not know how many admins there were on the Demos Facebook page, or who they were.
He said the page was managed by a number of administrators across the Cook Islands, Australia and New Zealand, whom he also did not know.
Browne said she had not yet dealt with the staff member who uploaded it and could not say if the staff member would be stood down.