New Australian High Commissioner to the Cook Islands

Australian High Commissioner to the Cook Islands His Excellency Mr Ewen McDonald presented his credentials and met with Acting Prime Minister Mark Brown and Minister of Health Rose Toki Brown in the Cabinet room today. Mr McDonald and Minister Mark Brown spoke of Green Climate Funding and the mutual relationship Australia and New Zealand have had and also acknowledged the growing presence of Cook Islanders in Australia and also in their sporting codes. Minister Rose Brown highlighted the Regional Nurses conference on at the moment and the support Australia has given to the Pacific in its fight against NCDs and other communicable diseases.

Mr McDonald recently served as a Deputy Secretary overseeing the Australian government’s aid and development work, which has a focus on the Pacific region where over 25 per cent of the aid budget is spent.