The Hon Henry Tuakeu Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

This public lecture will touch upon the constitutional implications for the relationship between Cook Islands and New Zealand of Cook Islands’ progression to developed country status.

The Hon Henry Tuakeu Puna is leader of the Cook Islands Party, one of the two major political parties in Cook Islands. PM Puna was elected Prime Minister in November 2010.

PM Puna grew up in Aitutaki and was educated at Rarotonga before completing a law degree at the University of Auckland and the University of Tasmania. In 1980, he attended a Professional Law Course at ANU for admission to the Bar.

Prior to entering politics in 2004, Prime Minister Puna worked as a lawyer in the Cook Islands where he has also had a career as a pearl farmer.

He is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.