Some Changes in Cabinet Line-up
The changes have come with the Associate Ministers or Members Assisting Ministers (MAMs). The Hon Kupa Magatogia and the Hon Joan Viliamu have been dropped in favour of Andrew Funaki, member for Tamakautoga and Mona Ainu’u, member for Tuapa.
The ceremony to swear-in the new cabinet was conducted this morning at the Fale Fono before a small gathering of friends and families. In accordance with accepted practice the Rev Navy Salatielu delivered the blessing and a few words of comfort.
|L to R Rev Salatielu, Hon Dalton Tagelagi, Hon Billy Talagi, Hon Poko Sipeli,
Sir Toke and MAM Mona Ainu’u
Premier took the opportunity to re-iterate his broad policy for the island. He told those present that his focus for the next three years will be to put in place policies that will help improve the quality of life for all people on the island who are committed to making Niue their home.
He outlined briefly his policy of appointing MAMs who have the potential of becoming leaders and added that his intention is to bring in another appointee in the near future Mrs Maureen Melekitama. Some changes in the appropriate legislation is required before this can be done.
The retention by Sir Toke of his old cabinet is probably the only logical choice that the Premier could have made. His ministers have performed well, although the cynics will probably say, they did as they were told.
|On the right, old MAM Talaititama Talaiti and new MAM Andrew Funaki|
With the announcement by the Premier that another MAM will be appointed at a later date, brings the total cabinet to eight. What this means is that the mathematics is not complicated – simply add three to the eight and you have a simple majority – enough to run the country. Four MAMs is a lot of carrots – watch this space carefully in future elections.