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Honouring Excellence

Friday 17 March 2017

Elizabeth Wright-Koteka this week ended a successful five year term as the Chief of Staff and almost 10 years of services to the public through the Office of the Prime Minister.  Ms Koteka has been a formidable performer leading the development of the recent national sustainable development plan and a number of capital projects that have put the Cook Islands on track to achieve its renewable energy targets by 2020. 

She was instrumental in developing the country’s access to the Green Climate Fund that will enable the Cook Islands to build climate change resilient projects throughout the Cook Islands. Koteka was also leading discussions to establish a telecommunications submarine cable through the Pacific Connectivity Project and overseeing governance support for the Pa Enua.

“Her strong background in policy and planning within a central government agency and prior management experience in the private sector, placed Liz in a unique position to achieve major milestones that contributed significantly to the sustainable development of the country” says Public Service Commissioner Russell Thomas. 

Koteka was educated in the Cook Islands before completing undergraduate studies through Victoria University in Wellington New Zealand and a Master of Arts in Development Studies with Honours, through Massey University in New Zealand.  Upon completion of her post-graduate studies, Koteka returned to work for the Cook Islands Government.     

 “As the head of the public service, I would like to publicly thank Liz for her unwavering commitment to her work and passion for the development of the Cook Islands.  It is rare to find self-driven employees like Liz who work tirelessly and often sacrifice personal time for the benefit of their country. She has served the people of the Cook Islands well” said Thomas. 

The Commissioner will be hosting a farewell dinner for Koteka and her family with her colleagues next week to reiterate his appreciation for the leadership she has shown in her time as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Prime Minister.

“I wish Liz the very best on her future endeavours said Thomas and I encourage her colleagues and aspiring public service leaders to join me in honouring a proven performer and great role model.”

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