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Photo: Mr. Teina BishopMr. Tangata VAVIA

  • Member for Mitiaro Island Southern Cook Islands
    Member of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY
    DOB:   8th September 1949
    POB:    Mitiaro, Cook Islands

Parliamentary Services:

First elected as a Member of Parliament of the Cook Islands for the island of Mitiaro in 1994 General Election.  Re-elected in the General Elections of 1999, 2004 and on 26th September 2006, Snap Election. 

Appointed Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 1999.

Ministerial Appointments:

No Ministerial Appointments

First appointment to Ministerial post on 17th November 1999.

Nov 1999 - Feb 2002       Minister of Justice, Outer Islands (MOID), Te Aponga Uira and Ombudsman.

January 30, 2003             Appointed Cabinet Minister

November 4, 2003           Resigned as Cabinet Minister

September 14, 2005      Appointed Cabinet Minister

December 23, 2009         Resigned as Cabinet Minister

Committee Service:

Special Select Committee on the Unit Titles Bill, 2005;

Special Civil List Select Committee, 2005;

Standing Orders Select Committee, 2005;

Privileges Select Committee, 2007;

Property Law Special Select Committee, 2007.

Service Information:

1969       Postal Clerk at the Public Works Department.

1970-1992   Police Constable, Police Department.

Visits, Conferences and Delegations:

Attended CPA, APPU, Civil Aviation, United Nations, Public Service, EU international conferences over the years to represent the Cook Islands.

Part of the delegation to Wellington, NZ to meet with the New Zealand government Ministers.

Community Services:

Involved in all community and constituency activities, sports, church, youth, education and island clean up.


Hon. Tangata Vavia began his primary education on his home island of Mitiaro then continued in Rarotonga at Avarua, Nikao and Nikao Side School.  From 1964 to 1968 he attended Tereora College for secondary school education.

1998 Diploma in Public Management.


Hon. Tangata Vavia is married to Linda (nee Powell) from Rarotonga and they have four (4) children.