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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.

MFAI Newsletter 01 September 2013

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is pleased to announce the launch of its monthly Newsletter. The purpose of the Newsletter is to inform our stakeholders of the work we do. Please find attached the newsletter.

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NEW ZEALAND SUPERANNUATION FACT SHEET

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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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 
COOK ISLANDS CONSULATE GENERAL OFFICE
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
RELOCATION

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. 

 
Cook Islands and the Hellenic Republic sign Tax Information Exchange Agreement
The Cook Islands and the Hellenic Republic today, 12 February 2013 signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) in Wellington, New Zealand.  The Agreement was signed by the Cook Islands High Commissioner, Tekaotiki Matapo, and Greek Charge d’Affaires Vassilis Koinis at the Cook Islands High Commission in Wellington.
 
High Commissioner Matapo explained the Government of the Cook Islands’ interest in strengthening co-operation with Greece: “The Cook Islands is working with the global community to promote international cooperation in tax matters.  The Agreement helps secure the integrity of the financial system through the uniform implementation of high standards of transparency”.  
 
The TIEA allows for either Party to request information from the other country where a specific taxpayer is under investigation, and where there is reason to believe that relevant information is held in the other country.  The Agreement strikes a balance between privacy and the need for jurisdictions to enforce their tax laws.
 
The Cook Islands Minister of Finance, Mark Brown said that “the Cook Islands offshore centre has matured over the last two decades, and is recognized internationally as specialising in family trusts and structures promoting the long term protection of wealth.  These trusts are established in the Cook Islands because of the attractiveness of Cook Islands trust law, not because of any tax advantage”.  According to Minister Brown, the Cook Islands have become a leading jurisdiction in the fight against money laundering with comprehensive laws and infrastructure in place.  
 
The Cook Islands has TIEAs with New Zealand, Australia, France and others.  The TIEA with Greece brings the total number of TIEAs signed by the Cook Islands to seventeen.


 
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