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Our new top diplomat to New Zealand

Wednesday January 30, 2019 Written by Published in Politics
High Commissioner Elizabeth Wright-Koteka with family. (From left): Niece Manamea, HC Koteka, sister Natasha and daughter Tehere. 19013005 High Commissioner Elizabeth Wright-Koteka with family. (From left): Niece Manamea, HC Koteka, sister Natasha and daughter Tehere. 19013005

In the presence of the Queen's Representative, the prime minister, family and friends and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the new Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand Elizabeth Wright Koteka pledged to undertake her duties with integrity, diligence and innovation in service to the Cook Islands.

 

Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Henry Puna reiterated the significance of the High Commissioner role in advancing the evolving development agenda of the Cook Islands and the important requisite expertise, experience and national service qualities such a post required - as exemplified by High Commissioner Koteka.

In pledging to undertake her duties to the best of her abilities, High Commissioner Koteka recalled her Cook Islands public service career commencing in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Foreign Affairs Officer more than 20 years ago, on the recommendation of the current Queen's Representative, Sir Tom Marsters.

"The appointment of Ms Koteka as High Commissioner is affirmation of government's commitment to professionalising our foreign service. A commitment the ministry welcomes as acknowledgement of the increasingly important role the Ministry has to play in advancing the national development agenda of the Cook Islands," said MFAI Secretary Tepaeru Herrmann.

 

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