MEMBER FOR PUKAPUKA-NASSAU ISLAND
Member of the COOK ISLANDS PARTY
DOB: 5 November, 1961
POB: Pukapuka, Cook Islands
Nationality: Cook Islands
Pukapuka/Nassau is an island Electorate in the Northern Group islands.
Elected to the Parliament of the Cook Islands for the first time in the 2018, general election.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS :
Associate Minister Responsible for:
- Finance & Economic Management
- Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
A Member of the following Select Committee:
- Crimes Bill Committee (Chairman)
- Privileges Committee (Chairman)
- Bills Committee (Chairman)
- Public Accounts Committee (Chairman)
- Agriculture Committee.
PUBLIC SERVICE INFORMATION:
Entered the government public service as a police officer for many years. After graduating from law studies worked in the Crown Law office as crown prosecutor.
Promoted to Deputy Solicitor General and later Solicitor General. Took office as Secretary for Justice in 2011 to 2018 before entering into politics.
Very active in supporting the people of his home islands of Pukapuka and Nassau. A strong member of the Cook Islands Christian Church.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATION:
Primary School – Pukapuka.
Secondary School – Tereora College.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria, Wellington.
A Masters of Business Pukapuka/Nassau is an island Electorate in the Northern Group islands.
Administration, University of the South Pacific. Diploma in Public Sector Management, Massey University, New Zealand.
TRADITIONAL TITLE (TA’ONGA MATAKEINANGA):
No traditional title.
Married to Teatuanui nee Takai with 8 children.