THE HON HENRY PUNA
The Hon Henry Puna is the Prime Minister of Cook Islands and is also the Minister responsible for; Crown Law, Energy, Renewable Energy, Justice, Environment, Head of State, Office of the Prime Minister, Ombudsman, Parliamentary Services, Police, Public Service Commission, Emergency Cook Islands, and Member of Parliament for Manihiki. He was first elected into office in November 2010 and is currently serving his second term as Prime Minister following the 2014 elections.
Mr Puna has extensive professional experience as Board Member on the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) in 2006, Chairman, Akitua Resort Hotel Board and Member of Rarotogan Hotel Board from 1996 – 1997, Member, Privatisation Committee, Government of the Cook Islands from 1996 – 1998, President, South Pacific Ports Association from 1995 – 1996, Board Member, Pacific Forum Line (PFL) from 1994 – 1995, Chairman of the Cook Islands Ports Authority, Board Member, Cook Islands Airport Authority and Board Member, South Pacific Ports Association from 1989 – 1999.
He started his work experience as a Legal Officer, Office of the Advocate General (now Crown Law), principal legal advisors to the Government of the Cook Islands from 1973 – 1976, Executive Trade Officer, Ministry of Trade Labour and Transport from 1983 – 1986, Solicitor, Short & Tylor from 1986 – 1987, Partner in Miller Puna Law Firm than appointed Head of the Ministry of Trade Labour and Transport from 1987 – 1989, Secretary of the Ministry of Trade Labour and Transport from 1989 – 1995, Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Transport from 1995 – 1999 and Pearl Farmer since 1997.
Mr Puna Holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. He later completed the prescribed 6 months Professional Law Course for Admission to the Bar at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and was admitted to the Bar in Canberra and Sydney, Australia.
He was born on 29 July 1949.