23 Feb 2010

Aitutaki Mayor satisfied with post-cyclone govt response

10:54 pm on 23 February 2010

The mayor of the cyclone battered island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands says he's more than happy with the Government's response to the impact of Cyclone Pat this month.

This comes as the opposition Democratic Party leader, Sir Terepai Maoate, calls for Parliament to sit and decide on the funding to help people cope with the destruction.

But the Prime Minister, Jim Marurai, says that Sir Terepai is playing politics.

He says he has no intention of calling Parliament before September and that the Government has access to enough money to provide grants and loans to the people of Aitutaki.

And Aitutaki's mayor Tai Herman says they don't expect things to happen overnight especially when it involves millions and millions of dollars.

"We don't have a huge reserve in our bank and it simply means we have to reach out for outside donors and see if they can help out. But with regards to Government's immediate resources we are now looking at addressing how do we do the actual reconstruction phases. I have got nothing against Government input. At the moment I am pleased with the speed they are putting things together."