New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands


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


A New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Recruiting Team will be visiting Rarotonga over the period 11 – 15 Aug to meet with officials and conduct a series of briefings aimed at recruiting young Cook Islanders into a career within the New Zealand Air Force, Navy or Army.


Yesterday I was fortunate to visit the site of the former outward bound outdoor pursuit’s course with former instructor Mataiti Mataiti.  The course, located in the Takitimu Conservation area, was first built by the NZ Army. 


The New Zealand High Commission’s Development Team visited the Te Mana o te Ra (“Power from the Sun”) solar power project at Rarotonga International Airport this morning.


The New Zealand High Commission and Cook Islands Office of the Prime Minister today welcomed the announcement of the construction contract for solar photovoltaic systems to be built on all six atolls in the Northern Group.

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