New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands


Aerodromes and airfields in the Pacific will be safer thanks to a new aeronautical charting programme supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Many charts for the airfields in the Pacific region require updating. The Pacific Aeronautical Charting and Procedures Programme, agreed this month by the New Zealand High Commissioner Nick Hurley and Financial Secretary Richard Neves, will update charts and landing procedures across the Cook Islands.


The redevelopment of Tereora College received a boost this month with the signing of a grant agreement to provide up to $11.7 million in funding from New Zealand to complete the first phase of the project.

The signing ceremony took place following the prize-giving awards at the school in early November. The new funding will be used for the design and construction of an administration centre, library and technology block as well as associated civil works and furnishings and fittings.


An historic arrangement has been signed by the Cook Islands and New Zealand governments which consolidates New Zealand’s aid programme and delivers it mainly through the Cook Islands Government budget.  


Just because you are out of the country doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your say in two binding referendums on the future of the New Zealand flag. 


The New Zealand High Commission invites applications for activities funded through the New Zealand High Commission Fund by 31 October 2015.   



The New Zealand High Commission is inviting applications for funding to support community related development projects.  The New Zealand High Commission Fund (previously known as the Head of Mission Fund) has up to $100,000 available this financial year starting July 2015.  Applications for the second round of funding are invited by 31 October 2015.   Subsequent application rounds for the NZHCF will be held in January and April 2016. 


New Zealand will contribute up to $11.7 million towards rebuilding the Cook Islands’ national secondary school to mark 50 years of our association, Prime Minister John Key says.

Mr Key has led a delegation of Ministers, MPs and New Zealand-based Cook Islands community leaders to Rarotonga to take part in the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Cook Islands self-governance in free association with New Zealand.

Joint Statement by the Prime Ministers of the Cook Islands and New Zealand on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cook Islands becoming self-governing in free association with New Zealand

The Governments of the Cook Islands and New Zealand today signed a new grant of NZD 12.7 million dollars towards the costs of the Te Mato Vai Water project, taking New Zealand’s contribution to $15 million.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully and a parliamentary delegation travelled to the Cook Islands this weekend to meet with Prime Minister Puna and mark the final stages of the $20.5 million Cook Islands Solar Project.

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