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Kia Orana and welcome to the Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) website. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is the principal adviser on foreign and trade policy issues to the Cook Islands government and maintains and enforces the Cook Islands Immigration laws.


This fact sheet has been prepared for people interested in receiving New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension in the Cook Islands.

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MFAI Newsletter Aug-Sept 2014

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is pleased to publish its monthly Newsletter for the months of August and September 2014. The purpose of the Newsletter is to inform our stakeholders of the work we do.

Heavy Machinery for Outer Islands

The purpose of this project is to provide all inhabited Outer Island Governments with functional heavy plant and machinery. This has been provided through various Agreements on Economic and Technical Cooperation that pledge grant funds by the Peoples Republic of China to the Cook Islands. 


One of the main challenges is the distances between the inhabited islands and their distance from our main economic and administration centre on Rarotonga (e.g. Mangaia 176km & Penrhyn 1395km distance). Government is committed to ensuring that all these islands maintain a viable and sustainable community and has already funded major infrastructure upgrades to harbours, water and energy systems with more planned over the 2013 – 2016 period and highlighted in the Cook Islands Capital Plan released with the Annual Appropriation to Parliament.  


The aim is to provide suitable plant and machinery for the Outer Islands to assist the Island Administration to undertake various projects to support development. Infrastructure underpins most of this economic growth and functional plant and machinery are needed to sustain it.  This includes essential services such as cyclone recovery, off loading cargo, airport maintenance, road maintenance and supporting agricultural plantations. 


For more details, see the attached information booklet.

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Cook Islands and French Educational and Cultural Cooperation
Thursday 19 September 2013

A cooperation agreement between five institutions marks an unprecedented development in the bilateral relationship between the Cook Islands and France as well as the Cook Islands and New Caledonia.

The agreement, which is aimed at promoting within the Cook Islands education system and to the general public quality teaching and learning of the French language will see the introduction of French language lessons at Nukutere College and Apii Te Uki Ou Primary School in Rarotonga.

The cooperation, involving the Embassy of France in New Zealand, the Government of New Caledonia, the Cook Islands Ministry of Education, the France-Volontaires Association and the Alliance francaise of Rarotonga will involve a voluntary French language assistant, Ms Lauriane Botella, working with the Alliance francaise of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands Ministry of Education for a two-year period.

Under the Agreement, from September 23rd, 2013, Ms Botella will be tasked with carrying out educational and cultural activities within the framework of the Alliance Francaise as well as introductory French language lessons at Nukutere and Te Uki Ou.

Relocation of Cook Islands Consulate
Tuesday 9th July 2013 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration wishes to advise the public that the Cook Islands Consulate General Office in Auckland has now relocated from 127 Symonds Street to Unit 5, Level 1, 6 Osterley Way, Manukau. The office phone number is now (64) 9 261-0015. Fax number: (64) 9 263-8033.

Cook Islands Honorary Consul to the Philippines
Friday 10 May 2013

The Hon Tom Marsters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Restituto Tiangco as Cook Islands Honorary Consul to the Philippines. 

Mr Tiangco is a very well-respected businessman who is extensively involved in the Philippines fishing industry with diverse business interests in the Philippines and Indonesia. Mr Tiangco has consular jurisdiction in Metro Manila.

In announcing the appointment, Mr Marsters explained that, at no cost to the ap-pointing governments, Honorary Consuls fulfil important roles in promoting social, economic, trade and investment relations with local governments, private sector inter-ests and non-governmental organisations where they live.    Government is confident that the appointment of Mr Tiangco will further the interests of developing relations between the Cook Islands and the Philippines.  The Cook Islands is a member of the Asian Development Bank, headquartered in Manila, and the World Health Organisa-tion, the regional headquarters also in Manila.  Mr Tiangco will also be able to sup¬port our representatives attending ADB and WHO activities in the Philippines. 

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