New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands


New Zealand officials today introduced a $5 million, five-year initiative to improve Pacific navigation charts at a regional meeting in Rarotonga.

The Pacific Regional Navigation Initiative (PRNI) was announced last July by Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister, Murray McCully, at the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau.


A Parliamentary by-election to elect a Member of Parliament for the general electorate of Northland is being held on Saturday 28 March 2015.


Officials from the New Zealand Aid Programme were in Rarotonga last week to participate in the 5th Annual Development Partners Meeting, which concluded in Mitiaro on Friday.

The meetings provided a good opportunity to talk with partners in the Cook Islands Government and to reflect on the previous three years of funding in a range of important sectors, such as health, education, energy, tourism, sanitation, and water supply.


Life is changing in the Northern Group with the rapid rollout of the renewable energy programme (Uira Natura ke Tokerau), funded by the New Zealand Government, continuing with almost 50% of the solar power stations now complete.

Officials from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) were in Rarotonga last week for the 5th Annual Development Partners Meeting, and took the opportunity to evaluate progress in the remote Northern Group.


New Zealand is proud to partner with the African Union Commission to produce the African Union Handbook 2015. In a significant development, this edition has been published in both English and French.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.



The New Zealand High Commission invites applications for activities funded through the Head of Mission Fund (HOMF) by 31 January 2015.   

The HOMF is primarily aimed at supporting small-scale development activities led by non-government organisations and community groups.  Funding is prioritised for activities that benefit the broader community, build capacity, are based on sound environmental and ecological practices, and have a focus on youth and women’s development.


The Northern Group atoll of Rakahanga is now powered by renewable solar energy. 

Prime Minister Henry Puna, accompanied by Joseph Mayhew from the New Zealand High Commission, officially commissioned the island’s new solar hybrid mini-system power grid on Wednesday this week.

Rakahanga is just the first island to be completed under Te Huira Natura ki te Pae Tokerau (Northern Group Renewable Energy Project).  The project will see similar systems completed in Pukapuka, Nassau, Palmerston, Manihiki and Penrhyn.


The New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga funded a series of activities in the last financial year through its Head of Mission Fund, contributing to community development in the Cook Islands.  A total of $82,500 was provided for thirteen projects in Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Mauke and Atiu.


New Zealand has secured a place on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

Read the Prime Minister's media release

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