Strickland was born on Aitutaki and worked for the Cook Islands Trading Company and as a public servant before being elected to Parliament as one of the members for the multi-member seat of Aitutaki. He subsequently represented the seat of Amuri-Ureia. He was later elevated to Cabinet.
- Ben Chapman-Smith (4 February 2014). "PM Puna honours former politicians". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- Puna, Ngereteina (1979). "Chapter 18: The Campaign: Aitutaki Constituency". In Ron Crocombe. Cook Islands Politics: The Inside Story. Auckland: Polynesian Press. p. 191. ISBN 0-908597-002.
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