New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands


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.


This article was originally published 3 March 2014

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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.


Chairman of the Pacific Development and Conservation (PADEVCON) Trust Peter Kiely is encouraging groups and individuals with an interest in sustainable development and conservation projects to consider applying for grant funding from the Trust.

PADEVCON distributes about $250,000 each year to communities, organisations and individuals in the South Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.


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