New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands


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. 


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.


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.

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