16 Oct 2013

McCully says Ardern ideal for NZ diplomatic posting to Niue

5:09 pm on 16 October 2013

The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says Superintendent Ross Ardern's past experience in Niue makes him ideal for the role as New Zealand's High Commissioner to Niue.

Superintendent Ardern, who is the New Zealand police liaison officer for the South Pacific in Samoa, has previously worked as the Chief of Police in Niue.

Mr McCully says Niue and New Zealand are working together to develop the island's tourism potential and to build economic sustainability.

He says Mr Ardern has the appropriate skills and familiarity with the Niue environment to be a very good high commissioner.

"In relation to Niue, one of the most important requirements is to be able to relate to people in what is quite a small place in population terms, to understand how their government works and to ensure that there's a harmonious relationship between the administration in Niue and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here, and I think that his past experience makes Ross Ardern ideally capable of achieving that."

The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully.