New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Development cooperation

New Zealand contributed a total of $25 million of official development assistance in the Cook Islands during 2013/14.  New Zealand’s total aid to the Cook Islands in 2014/15 is anticipated to be $28 million, of which $7.5 million is for Pacific regional activities and partnerships which benefit the Cook Islands.  New Zealand manages Australia’s annual development assistance contribution of $2 million to the Cook Islands through a delegated cooperation arrangement.

New Zealand's development assistance to the Cook Islands is delivered in accordance with a Joint Commitment for Development signed with the Cook Islands Government. The Joint Commitment for Development focuses a harmonised New Zealand and Australia programme on sustainable economic development through support to the water, waste and sanitation, energy, tourism, education and health sectors. Programme activities are delivered in partnership with a range of Cook Islands Government partners and coordinated by the Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management’s Development Coordination Division.

Find out more here about the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Cook Islands and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade information paper.

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