Coat of Arms of the Cook Islands


Photo: Mr. Teina BishopMr. Piho RUA

  • Member for Rakahanga Island
    Northern Cook Islands
    DOB:   15th November 1954
    POB:    Rakahanga, Cook Islands

Parliamentary Services:

First elected as a Member of Parliament of the Cook Islands for Rakahanga in September, 2004 General Election.

Ministerial Appointments:

First appointment to Ministerial post in December 2004 as Minister of Culture, Tourism, Public Service Commission and Ombudsman.

Committee Service:

Service Information:

·          Former Senior Police Officer for 21 years.

·          Director of Corrective Services

·          Chief Executive Officer of the Prime Minister’s Office for 2 and half years.

Visits, Conferences and Delegations:

Attended various parliamentary conferences & ministerial meetings.

Community Services:

Chairman for the Rakahanga Community in Rarotonga;

Former Chairman of the Avatea Primary School and Tereora College, Parents and Teachers Association.


Attended Aitutaki Junior High School and Tereora College.


Mr Piho Rua is married to Iki (nee Ngatoko) and they have two children; Allan (son) and Emma (daughter).