I am a New Zealand born Cook Islander and made the decision 18 years ago in 2003, to return and discover more about my Cook Islands roots. While my family and I relocated for a contracted short period of time, we all decided that we would like to make Rarotonga our home and have been living here since. I am an educator of 32 years and have worked in a variety of schools and educational institutes. I have also spent time while based here in the Cooks carry out various local, regional and international consultancy contracts. This has given me a wide breadth of experience in other areas outside of education e.g. Institutional Governance, Human Rights.

I came on board with VSA in 2015 after the 2014 signing of the MOU with the the Cook Islands government.


James Uri Puati