Noumea, New Caledonia – (SPC 23 January) – Dr Colin Tukuitonga took up the post of Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), today, 23 January 2014. He will be based at SPC’s headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia.
Dr Tukuitonga, who is from Niue, has a first-hand appreciation of the development challenges facing the Pacific and more than 27 years’ experience working in a variety of roles, including as a clinician, academic, programme manager and consultant adviser. Recent roles as Director of SPC’s Public Health Division since December 2012 and earlier as a member of the team that carried out an independent external review of SPC in the first half of 2012 have given him a sound understanding of SPC’s operations.
[Dr Colin Tukuitonga]
He has worked in Niue, Fiji, New Zealand and Switzerland in senior roles including Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs of the New Zealand Government; Associate Professor of Public Health and Head of Pacific and International Health at the University of Auckland; Director of Public Health in the New Zealand Ministry of Health; and Head of Surveillance and Prevention of Chronic Diseases with the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Dr Tukuitonga takes over leadership of SPC from outgoing Director-General, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, who has just completed eight years in the position. He thanked Dr Rodgers for his outstanding contribution to SPC and the region during his term in office and wished him every success in future endeavours.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an international development organisation that works with Pacific Island countries and territories to advance their sustainable development.
We deliver technical, scientific, research, policy and training in agriculture, disaster risk management, education, energy, fisheries, forestry, gender, geoscience, human rights, public health, statistics, transport, water resources, youth and culture, and in cross-cutting areas such as climate change.
SPC has 26 member countries and territories: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna. SPC was founded in 1947 and in 2014 will celebrate 67 years of service to the region.