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OSH National Reform Project

The Cook Islands Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) National Reform Project is underway and aims at raising the standards of OSH across the Cook Islands by establishing new legal requirements for OSH, workers’ compensation (WC) and employers’ liability insurance (ELI). More effective legislation will protect Cook Islands workers and support Cook Islands businesses. As part of an extensive consultation process, the appointed Technical Advisor, SHAW IDEA PTY, has now presented the Issues Paper, a set of questions and explanations meant to guide further thoughts and ideas covering OSH, ELI and WC.

There are three versions of the Issues paper available: a brief (one page), a summary (4 pages) and a detailed (64 pages) version. The brief is also available in maori version. The Ministry of Internal Affairs, together with the tripartite social partners, Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce and Cook Islands Workers Association, will be distributing the Issues paper as widely as possible through their respective email database and websites. Anyone preferring hard copy versions, please come to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The Issues paper represents yet another opportunity to contribute to National OSH Reform Project. By providing as much input and information possible, our different stakeholders and members of our community facilitate the process of shaping a new set of legislation that will be user friendly, relevant and applicable to all of us.

Deadline for all written submissions is on the 24 August 2018.

For any additional queries or information, please call 29370, Sandrina Thondoo, Director of Labour and Consumer Services, Ministry of Internal Affairs. Alternatively, contact the Technical Advisors directly, Andrea Shaw and Alan Clayton on their respective emails.

Document Name

Number of pages

docxOSH National Reform- Brief Issues Paper34.49 KB


pdfOSH National Reform-Summary Issues Paper231.47 KB


pdfOSH National Reform- Detailed Issues Paper928.28 KB


pdfOSH National Reform- Maori Brief Issues Paper264.65 KB


VACANCY: CIIC Chief Executive Officer


The Board of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) is seeking a qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is responsible to the Board for the management of the CIIC.

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation is a statutory Corporation of the Cook Islands Government and manages Crown assets and SOEs on behalf of the Crown. The CIIC administers the Cook Islands Government Property Corporation and oversees Te Aponga Uira, the Airport Authority, the Bank of the Cook Islands and the Ports Authority. Further information on the functions and responsibilities of the CIIC may be accessed on its website,

The Board is seeking a person who has at least 15 years senior management experience with a background in financial management, project management and policy development.

The individual must have:

  • strong strategic focus with demonstrated achievements in developing and implementing strategy
  • excellent leadership and team building skills with an emphasis on building capacity within an organization and managing performance levels.
  • an ability to work in a flexible manner to support the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Corporation
  • experience in leading organisation in an environment of change
  • the personal skills to maintain good working relationships with all the key stakeholders.

A full job description for the position is available below:

Any other enquiries should be directed to Raymond Newnham at

The remuneration package offered will depend on skills and experience and relocation assistance is available.

Applications will close at 4 p.m. on 2 October 2017 Cook Islands time and should be sent to Raymond at the e-mail above prior to then.

Applicants should provide a full CV including references and a covering letter outlining their strengths and weaknesses relative to the key responsibilities and competencies of the position. 

Pacific LEADS Scholarship - 3rd Batch Intake OPEN

Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific – LEADS)

3rd Batch Intake starting August 2018-March 2021

In May 2015, Government of Japan announced the launch of a scholarship program entitled the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) emphasizing the importance of fostering upcoming generations, who will play key roles in the further of Pacific Island Countries. This program aims to provide opportunities of study for government officials and other key personnel who have the expertise necessary to solve the development challenges faced by Pacific Island Countries, as well as to foster pro-Japanese and Japan experts who can contribute to improving the relationships between our country and Japan.

From 2016-2018, 33-34 participants from 14 Pacific Island Countries will be selected annually.

The 3nd Batch intake is open for participants, with studies commencing August 2018.

Main target participants are government officials/civil servants, though persons from the private sector and educators will also be considered.

The successful participants will study in Japan for a maximum period of 2 and half years:

  • 6 months as a research student
  • 1 or 2 years as a Master’s student
  • About 2 weeks internship to a public or private entities in Japan during summer break

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Citizen of the Cook Islands
  • Between 22 and 39 years (as of April 1st, 2018) – applicants up to 43 years will be considered
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Download the Forms belows:

Please note; the Application form must be typed, as hand written forms will not be accepted!

All applications are due in to OPSC by Friday 20th October, 2017