Tena koutou and warm Pacific Greetings to you all

As the end of the year dawns upon us, we take the time to reflect on a very busy year.

In the words of Commissioner Maara Tetava, the Vaka continues to move forward in meeting the many challenges in its journey towards the future.  

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PICP Conference

Commissioner Francois Perrault hosted an excellent conference in Tahiti in September, and in doing so became the new Chair of the PICP.

The theme for the 2016 PICP conference was “Pour le Pacifique, par le Pacifique” (for the Pacific, by the Pacific) encouraging strong and courageous leadership by all PICP Members.  As with every year, the 2016 conference provided an opportunity for PICP Members to gather together, share, learn and build collective knowledge around policing in the Pacific.

We acknowledge the kind hospitality shown to all conference delegates, and the PICP expresses its appreciation to Commissioner Perrault, his staff and the people of Tahiti.  Nga mihi ki a koutou.

The PICP Secretariat would also like to acknowledge the outgoing Chair, Chief Tony Edwards of Niue. Thank you Chief Edwards for providing direction, advice and guidance throughout the year.

Please note that the 46th PICP Conference will be held in Guam from 28th – 31st August 2017.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Executive Leadership Team (ELT)

The ELT concept has continued to consolidate and refine its processes and business practices over the last year, and we would like to thank the members of the ELT for providing continuing support and guidance to their respective programmes. 

We also welcome Commissioner Gary Baki of Papua New Guinea who has taken over from Commissioner Frank Prendergast of the Solomon Islands as Executive Lead of the IT Programme. Thank you Commissioner Prendergast for your contribution and leadership within the ELT and wider PICP, and all the best on your return to the AFP and Canberra.

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Women’s Advisory Network (WAN)

A successful WAN chairs meeting was held simultaneously with the Chiefs meeting in Tahiti in September. This is a new concept with WAN conferences now held every second year, with the WAN Chairs meeting taking place in each alternate year. The concept is in its early days, however feedback from the inaugural meeting has been very positive, in particular the opportunity to workshop WAN issues alongside the Chiefs.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Seconded Pacific Officers Programme

2016 saw Karine Vincent (French Polynesia) Ansiela Ioane (Kiribati) and Anamalia Aho (Tonga) join the PICP Secretariat for six months.  All three were involved in activities across NZ and the Pacific as part of their development. We wish them well in their future aspirations in their respective police jurisdictions.

Chief/Commissioner Changes

There have been three changes of Chiefs in the PICP during the year.  

  • Fiji – Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho was appointed commissioner in March
  • Tuvalu – Commissioner Luka Falefou has been recently appointed
  • Solomon Islands – Commissioner Mathew Varley recently appointed.

We thank Ben Groenewald, Tipelu Kauani and Frank Prendergast for their services to Fiji, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands respectively and wish them well for the future.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Merry Christmas

Finally, the PICP Secretariat would like to thank you all for your contributions and the support given to the PICP and Secretariat throughout 2016.  We wish all the love and joy of the holiday season to you and your families.

Stay safe, be happy, relax and enjoy.

Nga mihi nui,

Waata, Anaru, Kevin, Jonny, Carol & Riki