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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.
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.  


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.

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