King's Representative

The King's Representative is the formal title given to the viceregal representative of Charles III, as King of New Zealand, in the Cook Islands. The office of King's Representative is established by the Constitution of the Cook Islands. They are appointed by the King for a term of three years, and may be reappointed.[2] When New Zealand has a queen regnant, the viceroy is titled Queen's Representative.

King's Representative in the Cook Islands
Te Kauono o te Ariki (Cook Islands Māori)[1]
Coat of Arms of the Cook Islands
Flag of the King's Representative
Sir Tom Marsters
since 27 July 2013
NominatorPrime Minister of the Cook Islands
AppointerMonarch of New Zealand
on the advice of the Prime Minister
Term length3 years
PrecursorHigh Commissioner of the Cook Islands
First holderGaven Donne

The King's Representative fills the role normally filled by a Governor-General in the Westminster system of a Commonwealth realm, being both a representative of the monarch and the titular head of executive government. They appoint the Prime Minister and Cabinet[3] and chair the Cook Islands Executive Council.[4] In performing their duties, they must act on advice.[5]

Originally these duties were performed by the High Commissioner of New Zealand to the Cook Islands, but in 1982 these powers were repatriated.[6] The Governor-General of New Zealand still represents the King in matters pertaining to the entire Realm.[7][8]

Following the death of Elizabeth II, the office formally became known as the "King's Representative".[9]

List of Sovereign's Representatives in the Cook Islands

Portrait Name Term of Office Monarch Prime Minister
Took office Left office Length of Office
1 Sir Gaven Donne 1982 18 September 1984 2 years, 258 days Elizabeth II Sir Tom Davis
Geoffrey Henry
Sir Tom Davis
2 Sir Graham Speight
Acting Queen's Representative
18 September 1984 19 December 1984 93 days
3 Sir Tangaroa Tangaroa 19 December 1984 19 December 1990 6 years, 1 day
Pupuke Robati
Sir Geoffrey Henry
4 Sir Apenera Pera Short 19 December 1990 14 November 2000 9 years, 327 days
Joe Williams
Sir Terepai Maoate
5 Laurence Greig
Acting Queen's Representative
14 November 2000 9 February 2001 88 days
6 Sir Frederick Tutu Goodwin 9 February 2001 27 July 2013 12 years, 169 days
Robert Woonton
Jim Marurai
Henry Puna
7 Sir Tom Marsters 27 July 2013 Incumbent 9 years, 189 days
Mark Brown
Charles III

See also


  1. "Kauono". Dictionary of Cook Islands languages. Retrieved 1 February 2023.
  2. "Constitution of the Cook Islands". PACLII. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  3. Constitution of the Cook Islands, section 13.
  4. Constitution of the Cook Islands, section 25.
  5. Constitution of the Cook Islands, section 5.
  6. "Constitution Amendment (No 10) Act 1981-82". PACLII. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  7. "Government of the Cook Islands". Jarvy Web. 11 October 2014.
  8. Townend, Andrew (2003). "The strange death of the Realm of New Zealand: The implications of a New Zealand republic for the Cook Islands and Niue" (PDF). Victoria University of Wellington Law Review. 34 (3): 571–607. doi:10.26686/vuwlr.v34i3.5768. hdl:10063/5877. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  9. "'QR' effectively becomes 'KR'". Cook Islands News. 10 September 2022. Retrieved 11 September 2022.

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