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McCully expresses his condolences

Thursday 10 May 2012 | Published in Regional


NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully yesterday expressed his condolences following the death of former Cook Islands Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Henry.

”On behalf of New Zealand, I offer my thoughts to Lady Louisa, the Henry family and to the people of the Cook Islands who have lost a key figure in their recent history,“ McCully said.

Sir Geoffrey, who was 71, twice served as Prime Minister of the Cook Islands – in 1983 and from 1989-1999. In 1992 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.

”I met with Sir Geoffrey regularly over the years and appreciated his forthright views, his colourful personality and lively character,“ McCully said.

Most recently he served as Speaker of the House and President of the Cook Islands Olympic Committee.