Prime Minister of the
Cook Islands
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Incumbent
Mark Brown

since 1 October 2020
StatusHead of Government
AbbreviationPM
Member ofCabinet of the Cook Islands,
Parliament
SeatAvarua
AppointerQueen's Representative to the Cook Islands
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the Cook Islands[1]
PrecursorLeader of Government Business
Inaugural holderAlbert Henry (As Premier)
Formation4 August 1965
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

The prime minister of the Cook Islands is the head of government of the Cook Islands, a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand. The office was established in 1965, when self-government was first granted to the islands. Originally, the title "Premier" was used, but this was replaced by the title of "Prime Minister" in 1981.

List of officeholders

Key

  Cook Islands   Democratic

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political affiliation
Took office Left office Time in office
1
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Albert Henry
(1907–1981)
4 August 1965 25 July 1978 12 years, 355 days Cook Islands Party
2
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Tom Davis
(1917–2007)
25 July 1978 13 April 1983 4 years, 262 days Democratic Party
3
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Geoffrey Henry
(1940–2012)
13 April 1983 16 November 1983 217 days Cook Islands Party
4
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Tom Davis
(1917–2007)
16 November 1983 29 July 1987 3 years, 255 days Democratic Party
5
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Pupuke Robati
(1925–2009)
29 July 1987 1 February 1989 1 year, 187 days Democratic Party
6
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Geoffrey Henry
(1940–2012)
1 February 1989 29 July 1999 10 years, 178 days Cook Islands Party
7
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Joe Williams
(1934–2020)
29 July 1999 18 November 1999 112 days Cook Islands Party
8
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Terepai Maoate
(1934–2012)
18 November 1999 11 February 2002 2 years, 85 days Democratic Alliance Party
9
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Robert Woonton
(1949–)
11 February 2002 11 December 2004 2 years, 304 days Democratic Alliance Party
10
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Jim Marurai
(1947–2020)
14 December 2004 29 November 2010 5 years, 350 days Democratic Alliance Party
(2004–05)
Cook Islands First Party
(2005–06)
Democratic Party
(2006–2010)
11
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Henry Puna
(1949–)
30 November 2010 1 October 2020 9 years, 306 days Cook Islands Party
12
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Mark Brown
(1963–)[2]
1 October 2020 Incumbent 1 year, 346 days Cook Islands Party

Living former prime ministers

As of September 2022, there are two former living Cook Island prime ministers, as seen below.

The most recent former prime minister to die was Jim Marurai (served 2004–2010), in November 2020, aged 73.[3]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Constitution of the Cook Islands" (PDF) – via mfem.gov.ck.
  2. ^ "Mark Brown new Cook Islands PM" – via rnz.co.nz.
  3. ^ "Former Cook Islands PM Jim Marurai dies" – via rnz.co.nz.