Garth Henderson, who has been reappointed the Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, during the signing of his new employment contract with Public Service Commissioner Carl Hunter. Photo: Supplied/22060712
Garth Henderson has been appointed the Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) – Te Tango Akatere’anga Moni o te Ipukarea for a third consecutive tenure.
Henderson has worked as the Financial Secretary for the past six years, which included his leadership of the Economic Recovery Roadmap in response to Covid-19.
Public Service Commissioner Carl
Hunter acknowledged that the role of the Financial Secretary is highly complex
in the sense that Henderson is managing six diverse outputs (Economic Planning,
Treasury Management, Revenue Management, Cook Islands Statistics Office,
Development Coordination and Major Projects Procurement Support).
At the same time, Henderson has
been delegated additional infrastructure oversight for some of the largest and
complex capital projects like Te Mato Vai and Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai undertaken
this level of responsibility, Henderson has demonstrated practical productivity
to still maintain the level of achievements thus far, Hunter said.
“As far as I am concerned, it takes a special individual in terms of a wealth
of experience and understanding of both the machinery of Government and the
economy in general to manage the level of responsibilities that Garth has been
able to accomplish during his tenure.
I believe that the manner in which our economy has weathered the Covid-19 storm
both economically and financially is testament to Mr Henderson’s all-round
capabilities and fiscal discipline.”
In recommending him to Cabinet for
appointment, Hunter said “there is no question Henderson has honed key
leadership skills, knowledge and confidence to lead one of the most important
Ministries of Government”.
“He demonstrates sound strategic
management acumen and can quickly identify and source knowledge and skills to
strengthen the overall effectiveness of Ministry of Finance and Economic
Management (MFEM),” Hunter said.
“He is confident and comfortable at
communicating with all partners and stakeholders and keeps a sharp eye on
managing issues that can affect MFEM’s desired outcomes.
“Without question Mr Henderson has
earned the trust and respect of the Minister of Finance and Cabinet through the
excellent work and initiatives that he’s delivered and as Commissioner, I’m
excited to continue working closely with our Financial Secretary over the next
three years as he steers the country’s economy towards full recovery.”
said: “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead MFEM for another three
years in one of the most challenging periods of our history. We have built a
strong and agile team in MFEM, developed excellent relationships across central
agencies, with our private sector and development partners. I believe we have
the confidence of our community having been at the forefront of our economic
responses and support to TMO on our health responses. Despite the economic
challenges we face over the next 5 years as we recover, I am confident that the
strong fundamentals we have in place will prevail”.
has worked in the Public Sector for almost 40 years,
beginning with the Cook Islands Police Service in June 1984.