New M.N.R.E. chief appointed

A new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to lead the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.).

Although Cabinet has to officially announce the appointment, sources, including a Cabinet Minister, told the Samoa Observer that Frances Debra Brown-Reupena was appointed to the top job when Cabinet convened for the last time Thursday last week.

The Minister, who did not wish to be named but whose account was independently corroborated, said that the incoming Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.) was one of five applicants under consideration for the top position. 

Ms. Brown-Reupena succeeds former M.N.R.E. C.E.O. Ulu Bismarck Crawley who resigned to stand in next April’s election. 

The mother-of-five has been serving in the Ministry for close to a decade. 

Attempts to contact her for comment have not been returned. 

Prior to being appointed to the top job, she was the Assistant C.E.O. of the Environment Sector Coordination division and also the Ministry’s Water and Sanitation Sector Coordinator

Ms. Brown-Reupena is an ex-student of St. Mary's College. 

After completing her preparatory year at the National University of Samoa in 1994 she continued her further education in Fiji. 

She is the daughter of the late Tupa’i Kuka who served as a 2AP broadcaster and the Director of TV Samoa for many years, and her mother, the late Talalele Tofa Brown.

She is married to Luatua Ollie Reupena.

As C.E.O. she will be at the helm of the nation’s largest Ministry which comprises 14 departments including Renewable Energy; the Water and Sanitation Sector; Legal Services; Forestry; the Disaster Management Office; the Climate Change and G.E.F. Division; Environment and Conservation; Water Resources; Land Management; the Spatial Information Agency and the Samoa Meteorology Division.

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