‘Agent Tetava’ at your service

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

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‘Agent Tetava’ at your service
Former police commissioner Maara Tetava Ariki has been appointed Cook Islands’ national security director. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU. 20112715

Prime Minister Mark Brown was recognised as the new leader of the country and Minister of Police at a special parade in his honour.

Former police commissioner Maara Tetava Ariki has been appointed Cook Islands’ first ever national security director.

Prime Minister Mark Brown confirmed this at a special welcoming police parade yesterday.

Brown congratulated Tetava at the event saying: “I have recently sanctioned his appointment as our national security director – to ensure his institutional knowledge and skills will continue to provide us the best possible solutions and policy advice at the highest levels.”

The vacancy of the first ever national security director was advertised last year. The director will take responsibility for high level security and intelligence threats to the country.

The job description said the minimum qualification required for the job was a Bachelor’s Degree related to national security and potential candidates must have at least 10 years’ related experience in national security and five years’ management experience.

PM Brown, who was welcomed and received with the honour of a special parade as the Prime Minister and Minister for Police, said yesterday was the first time in his life he was welcomed with a formal parade.

Brown also addressed Deputy Police Commissioner Akatauira Matapo and assured the police team that highest priority would be placed on the integrity of the Police Service and its role in the safety and security of the community.

“There have been times of budgetary stress, and pressures associated with police resources.  Doing the best you can with what you have got has been an ongoing constraint, as well as financial issues over remuneration levels,” he said. 

“Since we’ve been under the influence of Covid for most of this year, there has been a lingering uncertainty over how soon we can expect to get back on track with delivering on the resources where you need it most.  But we will get there.”

The Prime Minister added that change would come – but not at the expense of their standing or their ability to fulfil their solemn Oath.

“I have every confidence in your commitment to duty and that moving forward will be a team effort.  You have my support. You have my encouragement.”