Three new board members, with a vast array of skills and experience, have been appointed to the Cook Islands Investment Corporation Board.
Albert Nicholas, the new Minister responsible for CIIC, made the announcement after a recent Cabinet meeting held at the end of last month.
The new members are: Sharyn Paio, Patrick Arioka, and Arama Wichman.
Sharyn Paio is well-known in the Cook Islands as a top class educator who was principal at Tereora College and held the position of Secretary of Education. She taught secondary school level Commerce, Economics, Accounting among other subjects at various schools in New Zealand for more than three decades and has been a tutor for various business programs at the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute.
Cook Islands politician and former Cabinet Minister Patrick Arioka has worked for the government in various capacities, from a forester, to an agriculturalist, to policy and economic director for the Ministry of Agriculture. His work extended further into disaster infrastructure projects consultancy and disaster preparedness. He has served as previous President for the Cook Islands Red Cross Society and served on the board for 13 years.
Arama Wichman is an accomplished businessman, having established and operated a number of businesses through numerous periods of economic uncertainty. Since 1997 he has expanded to become a serious supplier of products, and provided technical advice for the people in the Pa Enua, Rarotonga and New Zealand. Arama has had a direct hand in supporting a number of public infrastructure builds (airstrip, wharf, disaster recovery and public building) throughout the country and also has industry experience in New Zealand, French Polynesia, New Caledonia and England.
The board will run with seven members during February, with Arama Wichman’s appointment set to officially occur in March.
Minister Albert Nicholas says he is delighted to make these announcements.
“These new appointees will come to the board with considerable experience, to continue the great work CIIC is undertaking, managing Crown assets and enterprises, and delivering CIIC’s vision of quality assets that serve the Cook Islands people,” Mr Nicholas says.