CIANGO is changing its name. The umbrella organisation, which manages all local and regional non-government organisations, is now the Cook Islands Civil Society Organisations (CICSO).

The Cook Islands Civil Society Organisations Inc (CICSO)


Friday January 20, 2012 Written by Rachel Reeves Published in National

The main reason of this to reinstate or revive the organisation, so our NGOs from all aspects can come together as one for common goal despite that each NGO has its own mission and vision, president Ngara Katuke said.

CISCO will be launching its new name at the markets this morning, in effect kicking off NGO Week which starts on January 23 and ends January 29.

To begin the week is a workshop conducted for all non-government organisations by the Financial Intelligence Unit, to which the public is invited.

We would like to encourage everyone from all NGOs to come along and participate in this workshop and join us as members.

The organisations new national executives are patroness Ake Lewis, legal adviser Tuaine Marsters, auditor David Wright, government representative Junior Tangata, president Ngara Katuke, secretary Lydia Sijp, treasurer Tepaeru Kokaua Hagai and committee members Tangi Tereapii (vaka Te Au O Tonga), Vaitoti Tupa (vaka Takitumu), Keu Mataroa (vaka Puaikura) and Rangi Mitaera-Johnson (outer islands).

Those organisations which have already joined CISCO are The Girl Guides Association Cook Islands, Pacific Gender Climate Change, Cook Islands National Disability Association Council, Nukuroa Golden Widows, Cook Islands Workers Association, Te Kainga o te Pa Taunga, Sacred Heart Vainetini Sewing Group, Penrhyn NGO, Cook Islands National Council of Women, Women in Sport Commission, Manihiki NGO and Te Huru Avatea Vainetini.

CISCO is encouraging all other non-government organisations to join its ranks.

The new CISCO executives – in the back, from left, Keu Mataroa, Ngara Katuke and Cedric Toru (of Financial Intelligence Unit), and in front from left, Tepaeru Kokaua Hagai, Tuaine Marsters, Ake Lewis and Lydia Sijp.

These two girls are part of a non-government organisation that has joined CISCO, the national umbrella body for NGOs. CISCO is taking new member applications.

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