McCully names new High Commissioner to the Cook Islands
11 February 2011
McCully names new High
Commissioner to the Cook Islands
Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the Cook Islands will
be the Minister of Civil Defence, Hon John Carter, Foreign
Minister Murray McCully announced today.
Zealand and the Cook Islands enjoy a special relationship
based on historical, constitutional, and strong people to
"The Cooks have been self-governing in
free association with New Zealand since 1965 and all Cook
Islanders are New Zealand citizens. Accordingly, this
underlines the closeness of the bilateral relationship,"
says Mr McCully.
"New Zealand development assistance to
the Cook Islands has increased significantly over the past
two years and has been refocused on sustainable economic
development including support for activities such as waste
management that maintain the integrity of Cook Islands
reputation as a tourism destination.
"I am confident that
John Carter - who enjoys a long association with the Cook
Islands - will take a strong leadership role in managing
this relationship at a very important time in its history,"
Mr McCully says.
John Carter has been the National
Party MP for the Bay of Islands and subsequent Northland
Electorate since 1987. His current Ministerial portfolios
include Civil Defence, Senior Citizens, Racing and Associate
Minister for Local Government.
John Carter will take
up his appointment in August 2011, replacing current High
Commissioner Linda Te
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