16 Oct 2013

Former Niue police chief named NZ High Commissioner on island

12:20 pm on 16 October 2013

A former chief of police in Niue has been appointed as New Zealand's new high commissioner to the island.

Ross Ardern will replace Mark Blumsky.

The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says Superintendent Ardern will work with Niue's authorities to help support the island's increasingly vibrant economy and to address the challenges that come with growth.

He has extensive experience in the Pacific, including roles as the New Zealand Police Liaison Officer for the South Pacific, based in Samoa and before that more than 4 years as chief of police on Niue.