16 Oct 2013

Outgoing NZ High Commissioner upbeat about Niue

2:53 pm on 16 October 2013

The outgoing New Zealand High Commissioner to Niue, Mark Blumsky, says his time as commissioner has been enjoyable and a great challenge, but he's excited for the next phase of his life on Niue.

Superintendent Ross Ardern has been appointed as his successor.

Mr Blumsky says he has spent quite an intensive time in the job, focussing on economic development, with tourism as the main stay.

He says he finishes up in December, and has decided to stay on the island, where he is building a house and businesses with his wife.

"I believe this island has potential, it's on a tipping point. There are some stunning business opportunities and my wife and I will develop those, we'll develop interests in hospitality and food production, in tourism, she's been working those for a couple of years now, I'll join her. And as I said very excited about the potential this island has. It is paradise, it still is a bit of a secret, but no regrets at all about my next phase being here."

The outgoing New Zealand High Commissioner to Niue, Mark Blumsky.