Former New Zealand High Commissioner to Niue Kirk yates left the island yesterday after serving his term of two years.
Yates expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the people of Niue, government, members of Parliament, private sector and civil society
Yates says he leaves with great memories of Niue. Kirk Yates hosted Members of Parliament and senior government officials at the NZ High Commission’s residence last Friday evening
Meanwhile the Office of the Premier has responded to some concerns over their absence.
“The intention was to farewell the NZHC yesterday at the airport, however unfortunately Premier, Cabinet Ministers and Senior Officials got tied up with a full day of meetings yesterday with NDC Covid-19 and the Budget. Their non-presence at the airport did not mean that they valued HE Kirk Yates contribution to Niue during his term in Niue any less, farewells and expressions of thanks had already been conveyed to His Excellence prior to his departure on Monday. The Government of Niue wishes him all the best for all future endeavours and work.”
New Zealand High Commission Niue said it expected to welcome the new High Commissioner Helen Tunnah to Niue on the first available flight in July, whereupon she will complete the mandatory quarantine according to Niue’s border control protocols.
Deputy High Commissioner Nigel Ewels will be acting High Commissioner until Ms Tunnah has the opportunity to present her credentials to the head of the government.