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Appointment of High Commissioner to Niue a great honour

Appointment of High Commissioner to Niue a great honour for police

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 - 5:20pm

National News

Commissioner Peter Marshall says the announcement that Superintendent Ross Ardern will become the next High Commissioner to Niue is a great honour both for Mr Ardern and New Zealand Police.

This is the first time a serving New Zealand Police officer has been appointed to a diplomatic position.

"I offer my warmest congratulations to Ross and his wife on an appointment which reflects his great service in the Pacific region." said Mr Marshall.

"His appointment as Niue Chief of Police in 2005 saw Ross mentoring police staff, helping the island improve its civil defence readiness, instituting a road safety strategy and advocating on behalf of some of the migrants to the island when they needed support.

"Ross was exceptional in the role and he was also a strong advocate for the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP), which he chaired for a year.

"In 2009 Ross was appointed New Zealand Police liaison officer to the Pacific and South West Pacific. Ross was instrumental in providing support and advice in the response and aftermath of the devastating tsunami in 2008.

"Ross joined New Zealand Police in 1974 - the same year the people of Niue chose self-government - and has given exceptional service to the organisation.

"This included a Commissioner's Commendation in 2002 after he negotiated for 3 hours with a man armed with a machete in an incident which he brought to a peaceful conclusion.

"His appointment is both a personal honour for him and recognition of the values of service, integrity and community which are integral to New Zealand Police.

"I wish him all the very best in his new role and know he will be an outstanding representative of New Zealand in Niue." said Mr Marshall.

ENDS

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