Adventists elected into Cook Islands Parliament

Cook Islands Parliament building. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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Two Seventh-day Adventists are new Members of the Cook Islands Parliament after the country recently held its general election.

Kitai Manuela Teinakore and Tereapii Maki-Kavana, both from the island of Aitutaki, are newly-elected Members of Parliament (MPs). They join re-elected MP Toka Hagai, also an Adventist, who represents Rakahanga. Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, who comes from an Adventist family, was also re-elected.

The result has been welcomed by Cook Islands Mission president Pastor Eliu Eliu. “They will be positive contributors to the wellbeing of our nation,” he said.

South Pacific Division youth director Nick Kross, who recently conducted discipleship and youth leadership training in Cook Islands, said: “These guys are all active Adventists, they are all engaged in churches, so that’s excellent for the country and excellent for our Church as well, to see that sort of representation.”

The country is split into 24 electorates. More than 7500 people voted in the June 14 election.

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