Country loses long serving public servant

Thursday March 21, 2019 Written by Published in Politics

The Cook Islands has lost a long serving and well respected civil servant Aukino Tairea.

Tairea, 67, passed away in Auckland, New Zealand, earlier this week, surrounded by his family.

He was serving as the secretary of the Cook Islands government Cabinet at the time of his passing. He took on the job in October, 2012.

Before that, Tairea served as the secretary for Transport ministry from 1999 to 2012, first secretary to the Cook Islands High Commission in Australia (1994-1997), regulator of Maritime Transport and Civil Aviation (1993-1999), secretary of Foreign Affairs (1987-1993), acting secretary of department of External Affairs (1987) and external affairs officers (1975-1981).

He attained his Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Auckland University and Master of Arts (MA) from University of Hawaii.

Tairea was a keen golfer and aspiring fisherman.

His body will arrive into Rarotonga today at 1.45pm.

A family service will be held at the Nikao CICC Hall.

Tairea will be laid to rest on his home island of Mauke.

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