New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands


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 New Zealand High Commission Fund (previously known as the Head of Mission Fund) has up to $100,000 available in this financial year, starting July 2015, to support community related development projects.  Applications for the first round of funding are invited by 30 July 2015.   Subsequent application rounds for the Fund will be held in October, January and April. 


The New Zealand High Commission invites applications for activities funded through the Head of Mission Fund (HOMF) by 30 April 2015.   



Are you passionate about sustainable development in the Cook Islands?

Do you have excellent management skills?

Are you highly motivated and able to take on a leadership role?

The New Zealand High Commission in Rarotonga is looking for a well-qualified, experienced, enthusiastic individual for the position of Senior Development Programme Coordinator, to assist with the management of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Cook Islands. 


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.


This week the New Zealand Government is bringing Cook Islands officials who carry out Customs work in the outer islands to Rarotonga for a week long training course on Customs processes and reporting. 


Soon almost 100% of the electricity supply of the Northern Group will be generated using renewable energy. The ground-breaking Northern Group renewable energy project ‘Huira Natura ke Tokerau’ demonstrates what can be achieved through shared priorities and an ambition to improve the way of life for all Cook Islanders.


Acting High Commissioner Aimee Jephson and Police Commissioner Maara Tetava congratulate the winner of the Cook Islands ANZAC Secondary Schools Speech Competition, Moeroa Ben. 

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