Hon. William (Smiley) HEATHER
Member for Ruaau Rarotonga
Member of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DOB: 7th July 1958
POB: Rarotonga, Cook Islands
First elected as a Member of Parliament of the Cook Islands on 26th September 2006, Snap Election.
Democratic Party Whip.
Current Ministerial Portfolio (2009-2010) includes:
• Infrastructure & Planning, National Projects
• Transport, Civil Aviation, Shipping, Energy & Liquor Licensing Authority
• Parliamentary Services
• Environment Services
• House of Ariki & Koutu Nui
Associate Minister of Works (2006-2009).
Chairman of the Education and Science Select Committee;
Member of the following Select Committees:
· Law and Order
· Land, Local Government and Cultural Affairs
· Social Sciences, Health and Environment
· Transport Special Select Committee.
Mr. William Heather Jnr. was a public servant at the Ministry of Works until he entered politics. At the Ministry of Works he served as:
· Machine Operator 1985-1986;
· Heavy Plant Coordinator 1986-1991;
· Assistant Director of Road Works 1996-1997;
· Director of Road Works 1997-2006.
Visits, Conferences and Delegations:
Attended the 53rd CPA General Assembly New Delhi, India September 2007
Active Sportsman in the district of Puaikura since childhood in all sports code.
Cook Islands National Rugby Representative 1980-1997.
Active Member of the Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church; Member of the Arorangi
Boys Brigade and represented the Cook Islands Boys Brigade to the Tomoana Camp, Hastings, New Zealand 1973-74.
Attended Arorangi Primary school, Tereora College (3rd & 4th Form) and Onslow College in New Zealand (5th & 6th Form).
Smiley is married to Tereapii-o-Kato-ki-Nuti-Reni (nee Tama) from Mitiaro and they have five (5) children, four (4) living and one (1) deceased.