Thursday 8 November 2018
On 5 November 2018, the Public Service Commissioner, Russell Thomas appointed Johnny Hosking as the new Secretary for the Ministry of Transport (MOT). Hosking will replace outgoing Head of Ministry, Ned Howard who had been in this position since 2012.
Hosking brings broad management skills and leadership attributes to improve the social, economic and environmental outcomes for the Cook Islands. These traits include having integrity, inspiring others to embrace continuous improvements, being innovative to deliver public goods and services.
Transport is integral to the provision of tourism to the Cook Islands as well as to the development of the Pa Enua through the provision of reliable and regular maritime and aviation transportation. Hosking intends to advocate for changes in the Ministry to ensure that the Ministry can provide the best transport service – which is safe and reliable – for the Cook Islands.
In June 2016, Hosking joined MOT as the Aviation (Safety & Security) Oversight Manager, a role which required him to amongst other things, update Cook Islands Civil Aviation Rules 2018; ensure the Cook Islands meets ICAO Guidelines; review Air Service licence applications as well as Air Service Agreements.
Prior to joining Transport, Hosking spent 30 years in the Cook Islands Police, rising to the rank of Inspector in 2008. In the Police, he served as a Commander for the National Command, Control and Coordination Centre; the Training and Development Division; as well as for General Policing and Traffic Division.
Hosking has a Masters in Transnational Crime Prevention from the University of Wollongong, Australia; and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management and Management and Public Administration from USP, Fiji.