Nooapii Tearea was appointed as the new ombudsman for a term of three years and was sworn in at a special ceremony held at the Cook Islands Parliament last week.
Deputy clerk of Parliament Helen Maunga welcomed the many guests who were present including the minister for Internal Affairs Mac Mokoroa, students of Nukutere College and families and friends of Tearea as well as staff members of the Ombudsman’s Office.
Clerk of Parliament, Tangata Vainerere said Tairea was appointed by warrant under the hand of the Queen’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters, acting on the recommendation of the executive council, on the advice of cabinet in accordance with section seven of the Ombudsman Act 1984.
In congratulating Tearea, Vainerere said this was a proud moment for Parliament, the government and the people of the Cook Islands.
“It is my humble prayer that God almighty will grant you a fruitful tenure for a successful and productive term as ombudsman,” he said.
Tearea’s term is effective from February 26, 2019 and he takes on the role previously held by Tearoa John Tini.