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Stability. Innovation. Service.

The Cook Islands Financial Services Development Authority, operating as Cook Islands Finance, is a statutory body established pursuant to the Financial Services Development Act 2009. The primary objective of Cook Islands Finance is to promote and develop Cook Islands financial services industry.

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Prime Minister Mark Brown


Minister Mark Brown holds responsibility for key portfolios in the Cook Islands Government including: Ministry of Financial and Economic Management, Financial Services Development Authority, Financial Supervisory Commission, Financial Intelligence Unit, Business Trade and Investment Board, Cook Islands Investment Corporation, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Commerce Commission, National Superannuation, Telecommunications, and Public Expenditure Review Committee and Audit. Minister Brown is a driving force behind the economic management and development of the country.

Prior to his election as a Member of Parliament in 2010, Minister Brown was the director of a local property management and development company. Previous government experience includes serving as the Head of Ministry for the Ministry of Agriculture, Senior Performance Manager at the Public Service Commission, and Policy Advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister. Minister Brown holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of the South Pacific and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from Massey University in New Zealand. A former vice president of the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce and the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee, Minister Brown continues to actively support local sports organisations.

Board of Directors

Cook Islands Finance has a Board of Directors comprised of industry members and is led by a Chair person appointed by the Minister of Finance. The Board of Directors appoints the Chief Executive Officer who manages and leads the agency in promoting the long term development interests of the financial services industry.

 John Evans 

John is the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Security Bank in New Zealand.


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 Dallas Young 

Dallas is an experienced professional with a strong history of working in the Cook Islands public sector.



Nadine has more than 30 years of experience in the offshore industry having worked in the industry since 1989.


 Nadine Newnham 
Tine Ponia

Tine Fa’asili Ponia is a New Zealand lawyer and Managing Director for Asiaciti Trust Pacific Limited.


 Tine Ponia 

Meet the Team

Our talented, dedicated staff bring years of experience and success to Cook Islands Finance. We infuse passion into every project, no matter the scale. Learn more about our team.

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 Marie Francis 

Marie is the CEO of Cook Islands Finance. She has worked in the Cook Islands international financial services industry since 2007


 Chiavanni Le'Mon 

Chiavanni is responsible for promoting, developing and supporting the financial services of the Cook Islands.


 Isabelle Terekia-Parker 

Isabelle joined Cook Islands Finance in 2016.  She has over twenty years’ experience in finance and administration.