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Former Silver Fern to stand in Cook Islands election

22 February 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Lisa Lahari-Williams -

Cook Islands netball champion and former Silver Fern Margharet Matenga is taking aim at a career in politics.

Margharet Matenga in her professional netball days. Photo/ Facebook - Netball Archives.

She hopes to continue a family trend - her father is former cabinet minister Teanua Dan Kamana, one of the country's longest serving parliamentarians. 

However, Matenga says she won't stand in her dad's former seat, Tupapa. 

She told a small Cook Islands community gathering in Auckland over the weekend she's campaigning where she lives, in the Titikaveka electorate currently held by Democratic Party opposition MP Selina Napa. 

Margharet Matenga and her father Teanua Dan Kamana. Photo/ Tauraki Rongo.

Cook Islands Party secretary-general Nooroa Roi says Matenga's nomination is still working its way through the system before she joins the official list of candidates for the 2018 elections. 

Tags: Cook Islands,