Coat of Arms of the Cook Islands


Photo: Mr. Teina BishopMrs. Ngamau Mere MUNOKOA

  • Member for Panama and Nikao Rarotonga
    Member of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY
    DOB:   13th August 1944
    POB:    Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Parliamentary Services:

First elected as a Member of Parliament of the Cook Islands in the General Election of 1996; re-elected in the General Elections of 1999, 2004 and on the 26th September 2006, Snap Election.

Ministerial Appointments:

No Ministerial Appointments

Minister of Internal Affairs and Works, November 1999 - February 2002;

Minister of Internal Affairs and Agriculture 2005 to present;

In 2006 the Ministry of Works was added to Hon. Ngamau Munokoa’s portfolio.

Committee Service:

Local Government Select Committee - 1997;  Health (Tobacco) Special Select Committee - 1997; Civil List Select Committee - 2005; Unit Titles Special Select Committee - 2005

Service Information:

Businesswoman - Hon. Ngamau Munokoa, owns and operates a very successful family business with her family which includes a grocery store, bakery and petrol station in Tereora, Nikao.

Visits, Conferences and Delegations:

Women Conferences in Kiribati in 1998 plus others in Fiji, Wellington and New York. 

Attended the CPA General Conferences: NZ - 1998; Trinidad - 1999; United Kingdom - 2000; Australia - 2001; Bangladesh - 2003; Fiji - 2005.

Community Services:

Supporting all community projects and activities in Nikao and Panama - church, youth, women and sports.


Attended Arorangi, Avarua and Nikao Primary schools; Tereora College from 1959 - 61.


Hon. Ngamau Munokoa is married to Mr. Ngari Munokoa Tini from Manihiki on 14th November 1964 at the old Nikao CICC church and they have five (5) children - one (1) son and four (4) daughters, one passed away at the age of six (6) years.

Her Mother Upokotokoa Browne married her father Tuoro Wichman on 9th November 1927.

She has five (5) grandchildren - three (3) girls and two (2) boys.