New High Commissioner to the Cook Islands

  • Don McKinnon
Foreign Affairs

New Zealand's next High Commissioner to the Cook Islands will be career diplomat James Kember Foreign Minister Don McKinnon said today.

Our relations with the Cook Islands are among our most important in the South Pacific region, Mr McKinnon said.

The Cook Islands are under going a very testing time at present as hard decisions are being taken about long term economic viability and sustainability of the country.

As High Commissioner Dr Kember will have an important part to play in the ongoing development of the special relationship which exists between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, both at the government level and in people-to-people links.

James Kember joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1977. He has served in Hong Kong, Beijing, Noumea and at the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations in New York.

In Wellington he has worked in the External Aid, Asian and United Nations Divisions and as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Currently on secondment as Private Secretary in the Minister of Foreign Affairs Office Dr Kember will take up his appointment early in the new year.