Minister for tourism Patrick Arioka. PHOTO: CALEB FOTHERINGHAM/22020809
A former Cook Islands Party MP who lost his seat at the 2022 general election is among the new members appointed to the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) Board.
Tourism minister Patrick Arioka, Sharyn Paio, and Arama Wichman, the Cook Islands
Party candidate for Ruaau seat at past general elections, have joined the CIIC
appointments were announced by Albert Nicholas, the new Minister responsible
for CIIC, after a recent Cabinet meeting held at the end of last month.
new board members bring a vast array of skills and experience to the CIIC
Board, a statement said.
to the statement, Paio is well-known in the Cook Islands as a top class
educator who was principal at Tereora College and held the position of
Secretary of Education. She taught secondary school level Commerce, Economics,
Accounting among other subjects at various schools in New Zealand for more than
three decades and has been a tutor for various business programmes at the Cook
Islands Tertiary Training Institute.
and former Cabinet Minister Arioka has worked for the government in various
capacities, from a forester, to an agriculturalist, to policy and economic
director for the Ministry of Agriculture, the statement said.
work extended further into disaster infrastructure projects consultancy and
disaster preparedness. He has served as previous president for the Cook Islands
Red Cross Society and served on the board for 13 years.”
is an accomplished businessman, having established and operated a number of
businesses through numerous periods of economic uncertainty, said the
1997 he has expanded to become a serious supplier of products, and provided
technical advice for the people in the Pa Enua, Rarotonga and New Zealand.
has had a direct hand in supporting a number of public infrastructure builds
(airstrip, wharf, disaster recovery and public building) throughout the country
and also has industry experience in New Zealand, French Polynesia, New
Caledonia and England.”
board will run with seven members during February, with Wichman’s appointment
set to officially occur in March.
Nicholas said he was delighted to make these announcements.
new appointees will come to the board with considerable experience, to continue
the great work CIIC is undertaking, managing Crown assets and enterprises, and
delivering CIIC’s vision of quality assets that serve the Cook Islands people,”