By Ruci Farrell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Niueans gathered at Hanan Airport yesterday to farewell outgoing New Zealand High Commissioner Ross Ardern.
Ardern has now wrapped up his four-year term in favour of a new role as Administrator for Tokelau.
Ross Ardern bids farewell to Niue. Photo/ Inangaro Vakaafi.
Niue Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Catherine Papani says Mr Ardern was an ambassador of the people who engaged easily with everyone.
"He has the ability to engage with a whole spectrum of people and levels. The children absolutely love him," she says.
"His aim has always been to connect with the village communities... he's definitely going to be missed."
Ross Ardern is the father of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
He served as Police Commissioner in Niue from 2005 to 2009, then served as Samoa's New Zealand Police Officer for the Pacific from 2009 to 2013.