LETTERS: It’s never too late for leadership

Friday October 18, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear editor,

Kia orana, tatou katoatoa I roto I te aroa maata o to tatou Atua ko Iesu Mesia. This letter is addressed to the people of Atiu to please reconsider and rethink who will be the best choice of leader for the people of Atiu.


Teariki Heather is a true example. He is a man of his words who is willing to help the people of Atiu and the Cook Islands to the best of his ability. We may not know, but this could be God’s will to better establish and help improve the wellbeing of the people of Atiu. Let’s not focus on today only, but consider and rethink about what the future will hold for our children should a change happen now.

An example Teariki accomplished was, he brought his own workers to build a bridge crossing for the Avatiu resident Moetu. He has long awaited the help from the Government but no action was made. Nothing happened.

So Teariki took it in his own hands to take up the responsibility that was meant to be done by the Government and completed the job himself.

In the article published a few months ago, the salary of the Government today has increased approximately $20,000 above the current salary they receive. What use do you think should the money have gone to? Isn’t there better ways the money could be utilised?

Overall Teariki Heather has helped the whole of the Cook Islands. I cannot specifically pinpoint one example as there are many things he has done and gone unnoticed.

We cannot underestimate the great achievements he has done now, but we can experience the many more blessing which will be received should we the people of Atiu reconsider the choice we make.

Where there is a will, there is a way. Teariki Heather for a better change.

Bruno Salvatore Briante

Note: Nominations for the Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua by-election closed yesterday. Candidates are Te-Hani Brown (independent) and June Baudinet (Democratic Party). Bruno Briante asks that this letter be published in the hope that Heather may be nominated in the future.


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