|Queen's Representative to the Cook Islands|
27 July 2013
|Prime Minister||Henry Puna|
|Preceded by||Frederick Tutu Goodwin|
|Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands|
10 December 2010 – 10 June 2013
|Prime Minister||Henry Puna|
|Preceded by||Robert Wigmore|
|Succeeded by||Teariki Heather|
|Born||Palmerston Island, Cook Islands|
|Political party||Cook Islands Party|
|Alma mater||Avele College
Marsters was born on Palmerston Island and educated at Nikao and Avarua Primary Schools before attending Avele Agriculture College in Samoa and Grimsby Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom. Before entering politics he worked as a public servant. He was Secretary of the Cook Islands Party from 1968 to 1999.
Marsters served as Minister of Works in the Cabinet of Geoffrey Henry, but resigned his position in 1997 in protest at budget cuts. He later served as a Minister in the first coalition Cabinet of Robert Woonton from 2002, but was sacked in 2003 after a coalition realignment. He rejoined Cabinet after the 2004 election, when Woonton was trying to put together a new coalition; when Woonton resigned to fight a by-election, he served in the Cabinet of Jim Marurai, holding the portfolios of foreign affairs, transport, and youth and sport.
In August 2005, Marurai sacked Cook Islands Party leader Geoffrey Henry from Cabinet, causing the CIP to reconsider its role in government. A month later, Marsters was also sacked, and the coalition formally dissolved.
The retirement of Geoffrey Henry in 2006 led to a leadership election, which saw Marsters replaced as Deputy leader by Tupou Faireka. However, both Faireka and party leader Henry Puna lost their seats at the 2006 election. After a short period in which Puna continued to serve as leader outside parliament, Marsters became leader of the opposition.
Deputy Prime Minister
On 5 June 2013 Marsters was appointed Queen's Representative, replacing Frederick Tutu Goodwin. He resigned from Parliament on 25 July 2013 to take up the role, precipitating the 2013 Murienua by-election.
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Frederick Tutu Goodwin
|Queen's Representative to the Cook Islands