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Arthur appointed immigration head
Principal immigration officer Chere Arthur. MFAI/23111618

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) Mark Brown, confirmed the appointment of Chere Arthur as principal immigration officer earlier this month.

Arthur joined MFAI over six years ago as immigration operations manager and has delivered principal immigration officer responsibilities in an acting capacity since April this year, a statement from MFAI said.

She was the successful applicant in the recent recruitment round for the principal immigration officer role, MFAI added.

Foreign Affairs and Immigration Secretary, Tepaeru Herrmann, said: “The legislative and operational responsibilities of the principal immigration officer require public service leaders with sound understanding of the Immigration legislation and regulations, a patriotic passion for protecting our Cook Islands interests including supporting inwards entry and stay of those from beyond the Cook Islands to support our economic and social development priorities, and relationship management skills across a broad spectrum of diverse community, national and international stakeholders.”

“Ms Arthur had demonstrated those capabilities and commitment in her service delivery with MFAI to date, having been part of the core Ministry leadership over the last six years that have driven innovative reforms to the delivery of MFAI immigration services and cultivated a working environment staff are proud to be part of, while continuing to cultivate key relationships with the private sector, inter-government, community, and international partners.” Amongst Arthur’s key deliverables as principal immigration officer will be the continued embedding of the new immigration regulations into the immigration division’s standard operating procedures and progressing to completion, with support from New Zealand Immigration and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the upgrade to MFAI’s electronic border management system.