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Photo: Mr. Teina BishopHon. Tom John MARSTERS

  • Member for Murienua
  • Member of the COOK ISLANDS PARTY
  • DOB: 4 August 1945
  • POB: Palmerston Island, Cook Islands

Parliamentary Services:

First elected as a Member of Parliament of the Cook Islands in a By-Election of 1991; re-elected in the General Elections of 1994, 1999, 2004 and on the 26th September 2006, Snap Election.

Ministerial Appointments:

As a Minister of the Crown over the years, the Hon. Tom Marsters held the following portfolios:

• Works
• Tourism
• Public Service Commission
• Environment Services
• Energy
• Youth, Sports and Recreation
• Police
• Foreign Affairs and Immigration
• Transport (Civil Aviation and Shipping)
• Associate Minister of Finance.

Committee Services:

Hon. Tom Marsters served on several parliamentary select committees. Currently he is a Member of the following select committees:

• Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade (2007)
• Privileges (2007)
• Property Law Special Select Committee (2007)

Service Information:

Employment History:

• Agriculture Officer
• Tuna Long line Feasibility Study (Island Foods Ltd)
• Office of the Secretary to Government
• Clerk of the House of Ariki
• Director of Fisheries
• Chief Administration Officer ( Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries )
• Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Government Agencies and/or Boards Served on:

• Member of the Cook Islands Teachers’ Guild
• Member of the Public Service Appeal Board
• Harbour Master
• Cook Islands Government Attachment to the Russian Deep Sea Mineral (manganese nodules) Exploration.
• Director of the Cook Islands Development Bank
• Chairman of TELECOM Cook Islands (Holding Co.)
• Chairman of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC)
• Chairman of the Cook Islands National Research and Development Institute

Politics: Positions held.

• Secretary General of the Cook Islands Party 1968 – 1999.
• Entered Parliament in 1991 as Member for Murienua, a constituency of Rarotonga.
• Deputy leader of the Cook Islands Party
• Deputy Leader of the Opposition
• Minister of the Crown
• Leader of the Opposition

Visits, Conferences and Workshops:

Attended several parliamentary conferences locally and internationally. Of special note were:

• signing up the Cook Islands to the “Kyoto Protocol” – the Climate Change Protocol, December 1997.

• signing up the Cook Islands to the ACP (Africa, Carribean & Pacific) Parliament in Mali, West Africa June 2005.


Hon. Tom Marsters was born on the Island of Palmerston on the 4th of August 1945. He is married to Tuaine (nee Tumupu) of Arorangi. They live with their family, which has since expanded with the arrival of grand children, in Kavera, Arorangi.


Marsters attended Nikao and Avarua Primary Schools of Rarotonga. He was awarded the prestigious “Sir Maui Pomare Medal” for the best all rounder student for Avarua School for the year 1959. This was followed by successful studies at Avele Agriculture College in Samoa and the Grimsby Institute of Technology in England.


Hon Tom Marsters has represented the Cook Islands in:-
• Boxing
• Rugby and
• Golf

He also excelled in:-
• Cricket
• Tennis and
• Lawn Bowls

Marsters was also a proficient Martial Arts exponent in the Japanese Art of “Kei – Shin- Kan”.

Marsters still loves and plays golf and currently plays off a low single figure handicap.

Community Services:

Hon. Tom Marsters has been a member of many organizations such as youth clubs, growers associations, sports clubs and village committees. He has held executive positions on these organisations.


Marsters is an active member of his local Arorangi Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) and the church is a very important part of his family's life.