Raymond Newnham, Chairman

Mr Newnham was born in the Cook Islands and educated in New Zealand. He graduated with a BA (Hons) from Victoria University and a MA in Sociology from the University of Canterbury.

Mr Newnham started one of the first black pearl farms in the Manihiki lagoon in 1986 and was Managing Director of Terone Pearls Ltd, the family-owned company which operated the pearl farm.

During a period of radical national economic reform, from 1996 to 1998, Mr Newnham served as Head of the Ministry of Marine Resources.

Mr Newnham has also served on the Public Service Appeal Board from 2000-2002 and on the Board of the Outer Islands Development Grant Fund from 2002-2003. He served as a Director on the Board of the Bank of the Cook Islands from 2002-2003 but resigned to join the Board of the Financial Supervisory Commission in 2003.

Mr Newnham is presently Managing Director of Ora Moana Ltd, a wholesaler of black pearls and Director of Moana Gems ltd, a retailer of pearl jewellery. 

 

Geoff Stoddart

Mr Stoddart is a Chartered Accountant He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago and in1990 was admitted to membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. He is also a member of the Executor & Trustee Institute of Australia & New Zealand.

He has resided in the Cook Islands for seventeen years and is a permanent resident. He worked in the Cook Islands offshore finance industry as a client relationship executive from 1993 to 1996 and subsequent to this became Collector of Inland Revenue for the Cook Islands for a period of twelve years through to 2008. He joined the board in July 2010.

 

Dianne Gaye Whitta

Ms Whitta was born in New Zealand and educated in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) from Victoria University, Wellington, NZ she returned to the Cook Islands and commenced employment with the international Accounting firm KPMG.  She then became Financial Controller of the Cook Islands Airport Authority (1993) and moved from there to Cook Islands Trading Corporation Limited (CITC) in 1997.

CITC is the largest privately owned Company in the Cook Islands with extensive trading in supermarkets, building supplies, liquor, pharmacy and duty free shops etc.

Ms Whitta commenced as Financial Controller of CITC in 1997 and became General Manager in 2004, the position she currently holds.

Ms Whitta was a Board member of Public Expenditure Review Committee (PERC) in 2003.

 

Madeilene Sword

Born and raised in the Cook Islands, Madeilene Sword graduated in 1994 from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and in 2009 obtained a Masters of Business Administration with the University of the South Pacific, Rarotonga campus.

After working in various sales and marketing roles in New Zealand Ms Sword returned to Rarotonga in 1996 to work for Telecom Cook Islands as the Group General Manager Marketing & Services, a position she held for 8 years.  After a short-term contract as the General Manager of Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Madeilene purchased a water bottling company in 2004, and established Pacific Spring Limited, a bottling and distribution company.     

For the past two years,  Madeilene has served as a Board member of Telecom Cook Islands Limited, and the Price Tribunal.  

 

Tangata Fletcher Melvin

Mr Melvin was born in the Cook Islands and left to attend secondary school in New Zealand. He graduated with a Hospitality and Tourism Diploma from ATI (AUT).

Mr Melvin worked in the hospitality industry for a few years before leaving to live in French Polynesia where he worked in construction. He is now fluent in French and has strong business connections with Tahiti.

After returning home to the Cook Islands in 1994 he worked in the family business Island Craft Limited, overseeing the manufacturing department. Mr Melvin later became Managing Director and grew the business to a more modern enterprise.

He also owned a fibreglass manufacturing business that has produced the majority of outrigger canoes that are currently used in the largest paddling event in the Cook Islands called the Vaka Eiva.

Mr Melvin is currently serving on the Price Tribunal and is an executive member of the Chamber of Commerce.

 

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