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.
police commissioner Maara Tetava Ariki has been appointed Cook Islands’ first
ever national security director.
Minister Mark Brown confirmed this at a special welcoming police parade
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.”
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.
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’
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Prime Minister added that change would come – but not at the expense of their
standing or their ability to fulfil their solemn Oath.
every confidence in your commitment to duty and that moving forward will be a
team effort. You have my support. You
have my encouragement.”