Skip to content
narrow screen wide screen auto screen Increase font size Decrease font size Default font size blue color orange color green color


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.

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.  


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.

Download this file (Heavy Machinery Info Pack.pdf)Heavy Machinery Info Pack.pdf994 Kb
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. 

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.

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next > End >>

Page 2 of 6

Entry Requirements

Visitors will NOT need an entry permit if they intend to stay in the Cook Islands for less than 31 days. For more information please click on the links below:

Immigration Forms