New High Commissioner

Wednesday September 07, 2016 Written by Published in Politics
New New-Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Peter Marshall will take up his new role early next year. 16090613 New New-Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Peter Marshall will take up his new role early next year. 16090613

THE NEW New-Zealand High Commissioner to the Cook Islands has been confirmed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Current High Commissioner Nick Hurley says Peter Marshall is expected to take up his position in early or mid-January next year.

Hurley, a highly experienced diplomat, has been here since April last year and will return to resume his retirement in New Zealand.

Hurley first made his mark on Rarotonga in 1975, serving as the second secretary to the New Zealand High Commission for two years.

He served for New Zealand in Rome for four years from 1981 to 1985, and also as the Deputy New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji in Suva from 1986-1989.

He is expected to be departing Cook Islands shores around mid-December and is currently enjoying his final diplomatic position in the island.

According to a New Zealand Government press statement, Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully named Marshall for the position. McCully said the Cook Islands and New Zealand had a special relationship, based on historical ties and shared citizenship.

Last year marked the Cook Islands 50th anniversary of self governance in free association with New Zealand.

McCully said in commemoration of the sacrifice made by 500 young Cook Islands soldiers who served in World War One, New Zealand was hosting a programme of special events throughout 2016.

He added that New Zealand and the Cook Islands were important development partners.

“New Zealand’s aid is focused on economic development and supports critical infrastructure upgrades, the tourism sector, and quality education and health services.”

Marshall is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He has served as the Commissioner of the New Zealand Police and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.    

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  • Comment Link Tairi Mataio Wednesday, 07 September 2016 17:26 posted by Tairi Mataio

    Just want to thank Commissioner Nick Hurley for his term, contribution and engagement to the Cook Islands Community and all the very best upon his return back home to nz and look forward to engaging with the replacing commissioner, commissioner Peter Marshall. Nat te atua te aroa. Kia Orana E Kia Manuia.

  • Comment Link paul halloran Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:00 posted by paul halloran

    So who need as retired ex Policeman to be the new High ~Commissioner to the Cooks ?

    Can't the Government in New Zealand raise their game and appoint someone who know about trade and industry in stead of how to issue parking tickets and investigated traffic accidents >

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