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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 - Issue 11, January 2015
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is pleased to publish its first Newsletter for 2015.  The purpose of the Newsletter is to inform our stakeholders of the work we do.
The work begins for Nani

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration would like to welcome Kairangi (Nani) Samuela to her new position as the Principal Immigration Officer (PIO) as of last week.   Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Myra Patai expressed her “absolute commitment to providing Nani with the necessary support she requires to turn Immigration Cook Islands around.”  Patai further added that the “general public expect the new PIO to deliver much improved Immigration services to them with courtesy, professionalism, transparency and efficiency”. 

For Nani, last week’s focus was about creating open line communication with immigration staff, to understand what we do, how we do it and the relationships between different agencies in Government.

Nani also stated there have been initiatives and recommendations made within  Immigration, and it is just a matter of documenting the procedures putting also allocating resources to be able to maintain them.  

An issue from the Development Partners Roundtables was the frustration from the business sector on the lack of accountability, transparency and awareness of rules in our immigration system. To address this, Nani  aims  to have the fees schedule available to the public within the next week so everyone is aware of what their costs are and also a complete checklist for permit requirements across  various sectors seeking different services from Immigration.

“There is nothing more frustrating than getting all your papers together and thinking you’re at the end of the process only to be told that there is an additional piece of information that you need to get before we can process your application’. 

“The biggest goal is for people to trust the immigration service again. We can’t solve all the problems that people come up with straight away. But the belief and trust that these issues will be dealt to and addressed through a more sound procedure will put more people at ease.” 

The wealth of experience Nani brings to this role will allow her to bridge the gap between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and its stakeholders.  The Ministry has been working on a draft policy and the impetus is be specific in identifying potential areas for improvement to provide a better service to the People of the Cook Islands and our visitors.

Previously, Nani has been serving as the Manager of the Cook Island's Women's Counselling Centre, Punanga Tauturu Inc. and been a gender equality advocate in the region for over 10 years. She has also been a Board member on the Cook Islands Family Welfare and Planning Association and the Chair of the Compliance Committee at the Bank of the Cook Islands

She has worked extensively on legislative and policy change to recognize and include gender based violence, as well as advance wider gender justice within the Cook Islands and the Pacific. She is passionate about Outer Islands Development and Social Justice.

We wish Nani all the best in her new role.  

The Cook Islands and Free Association with New Zealand

The Cook Islands and Free Association: Understanding the nature & practice of the special relationship with New Zealand.

The Cook Islands and New Zealand have a special relationship founded on close historical ties, unique constitutional arrangements and a common citizenship and currency. 

The close bilateral relationship is cemented through strong people to people ties, including cultural and kinship ties between the Cook Islands and New Zealand Maori people. Approximately 62,000 Cook Island Maori now live in New Zealand.

Historically, the Cook Islands became a dependent territory of New Zealand in 1901, when it was annexed from the United Kingdom.  In 1965, the Cook Islands adopted a Constitution ending that dependency status and today the country is self-governing in free association with New Zealand.

To read the full document summary, click the attachment below.




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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.

Small Island States (SIS) Officer Announced

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has appointed Talissa Koteka as the Small Island States (SIS) Officer on a three month contract.  In Koteka’s role as SIS Officer, she will be responsible for implementing Regional priorities and supporting the work programme of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in country.

Koteka recently graduated from The University of Otago in Dunedin with a Bachelors of Law (LLB) & a Bachelors of Commerce (BCom) in 2014. She later gained admission as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in October.

“I saw this as an opportunity to start my professional career in a Ministry that really interests me. Foreign Affairs has always been a Ministry that I have wanted to work in. As the SIS Officer, I get my foot in the door and gain experience.”

Koteka is enthusiastic about the role as she has been eager to move back to Rarotonga permanently since completing university.

“Moving back home has been a goal for me. I’ve always wanted to do it. This job just convinces me that it’s worth it.”

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is based in Suva, Fiji. The Secretariat’s mandate is delivered through the annual Leaders’ Communiqués and high level ministerial meeting decisions. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is the international organisation established by treaty, enjoying legal personality in each of its sixteen member countries, one of them being the Cook Islands.

Koteka departs for Fiji this weekend to participate in a one week SIS Officer workshop in Suva where she will learn about the overall development of the Smaller Island States, and in particular how to facilitate and coordinate the effective implementation and progress of the decisions of SIS and Forum Leaders here in the Cook Islands.  


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