Born Dunedin, New Zealand, 1949. Primary and secondary schooling in Cook Islands and New Zealand. Graduated BA (1971) and LlB (1973) from Auckland University. Admitted as barrister and solicitor of NZ High Court in 1974 and commenced employment with Chapman Tripp. Joined Short & Tylor in 1975 in Cook Islands, (first private law firm in the Cook Islands). Currently holds licence as barrister.

Founded Southpac Trust Company Ltd in 1983, and Cook Islands Trust Corporation in 1998, both as 50% shareholder. Since 1987, principally engaged in providing legal services to offshore industry. Work has included development of various financial and legislative products, most important of which was development of asset protection legislation targeting the US market in late 1980’s. This was a world first, and the Cook Islands continues to retain top position in this industry despite many countries (and even several US states) copying our legislation. Subsequent to developing this initial legislation, engaged in marketing asset protection products for more than 2 decades. During this period has been a guest speaker at a number of international conferences in both the USA and Europe, and has published numerous articles on aspects of asset protection in international journals.

In 2002 founded New Zealand Trust & Investment Corporation Ltd, a New Zealand trustee company, as 50% shareholder. Developed new products into European marketplace, with emphasis on application of tax treaties. Responsible for marketing and development of new business.

In response to a number of problems within the offshore industry, promoted the formation of the Financial Services Development Authority as interface body between industry and Government. Appointed by Minister of Finance as industry member.

Founded Trustees & Fiduciaries (Cook Islands) Ltd in 2015.


Director – Compliance

Nadine has more than 27 years of experience in the offshore industry having worked in the industry since 1989.   Nadine is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Nadine was the Managing Director of a major trust company providing advice on and structuring of offshore corporate entities, trust establishment and administration.  She held senior management roles in the operations of the company in Hong Kong, Samoa, Cayman Islands and the Cook Islands.

She has over the past few years been appointed to numerous board positions throughout the country, among those Telecom Cook Islands, Financial Services Development Authority and has served as the rotating President of the Trustee Companies Association.  Nadine has been recognised for her professional and public roles as a recipient of the Woman of Year award from the Cook Islands Business & Professional Women’s Association.

Nadine is active in many Cook Islands groups and business. She is one of the founders of Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation, which provides much-needed free rehabilitation services to the community and recently founded the Vaimaanga Homework Club providing a free literacy and numeracy support program for children in Vaimaanga.    She is also a Board Trustee for The Cook Foundation providing funding to local charitable projects carried out in the 15 islands of the Cook Islands.



Born Rarotonga, Cook Islands 1944. Primary and Secondary Schooling in Rarotonga and New Zealand. Graduated Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Auckland University, New Zealand and became a partner in the law firm Turner Hopkins and Partners. In 1968 he established the first law firm in the Cook Islands.

He has been involved in offshore industry since inception of industry in 1982 and co-founded Cook Islands Trust Corporation in 1998, and Trustees & Fiduciaries (Cook Islands) Ltd in 2015.

In 1978 he became the youngest ever Cabinet Minister in a Cook Islands government. In 1985 he moved to New Zealand as High Commissioner for the Cook Islands in Wellington, New Zealand returning to the Cook Islands in 1998. Over the years he held several public and international positions. He has led numerous international Government negotiations and delegations including, negotiations with ADB to settle government debts with Italian Government, French Government. He led the delegation to the Law of the Sea Conference at the United Nations enabling the Cook Islands to secure its own EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone and all minerals resources in the EEZ. He led negotiations with NZ regarding Cook Islands special relationship with New Zealand. He was also responsible for leading negotiations with several other countries and international agencies.

He has written several articles and research papers on constitutional law, international relations. In 1997 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire OBE by Her Majesty the Queen.


Legal Counsel

Noovai began her career in the Cook Islands trust industry providing trust administration to trust clients based in the US before moving to Sydney Australia. There she joined the corporate trust division of Perpetual where she was involved the provision of a range of corporate fiduciary services.

Noovai then moved to Dimensional Australia, carrying out legal work related to, business contracts, class actions, assisting the compliance team with the preparation of new product and corporate governance materials and other legal and regulatory matters.

She has represented her country as Miss Cook Islands and is also a qualified personal trainer. Her passion is working with individuals to help them improve their lives through healthier habits.