The Speaker praised Marshall especially for the support he provided to the Parliament.
“We thought you had a lot of courage to be involved with us in partnership with prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s visit because that was a huge event for you to go in partnership with the Parliament. And although we didn’t know how it was going to go, we were willing to make it happen and I think we can say that it was a huge success,” Rattle said.
“The staff and members of Parliament appreciate the partnership with our Pacific programme with UNDP and there is a lot to thank your office, for the progress in the work of Parliament of the Cook Islands with our MPs and our staff.
“Through your assistance, the MPs are now able to go at the chamber and debate on the bills that come to Parliament with knowledge. They are well informed on the bills and how it is going to affect the people that its written and made for and what help is it going to give to the people of the Cook Islands.”
Rattle also praised Marshall for his community engagement work in Rarotonga and the outer islands.
“I think you have brought lots of help to the people of the Cook Islands and the fact that you have actually visited 10 islands show a wonderful expression of your desire to learn about the people of the Cook Islands.”
Marshall thanked Rattle and the Parliament staff for the farewell lunch, adding their partnership would continue in the years to come.
“Our relationship is very strong and it’s strong because of the personalities in terms of your working environment and the personalities in terms of high commissioner because if we didn’t have that sort of rapport or chemistry, it may not be quite as free flowing as it might have been,” he said.
“The New Zealand government absolutely recognises the importance of work that you do.
“Thank you for your friendship and your professional interactions.”
Marshall left the country over the weekend. Deputy high commissioner Samantha Beckett will be acting high commissioner.
Diplomat Tessa Temata was last year announced to take the role of the new high commissioner to the Cook Islands.