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Belt and Road Initiative 

The Government of the Cook Islands and the Government of the People’s Republic of China sign the Belt and Road Initiative Memorandum of Understanding in which both countries agree to promote between themselves policy coordination, facilitate connectivity, trade, financial cooperation and people to people relations

Belt and Road Memorandum of Understanding  

Development News

Request Expressions of Interest for Technical Assistance for the review of the national Te Tarai Vaka Activity Management System

The Development Coordination Division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) seeks a suitably qualified individual or company to provide services to review the Cook Islands Te Tarai Vaka Activity Management System.

The assignment will commence in February 2017.

The TA role includes:

  • Reviewing the TTV system and developing a proposed plan to address gaps in TTV system.
  • Simplify current TTV templates
  • Conduct training on the TTV system to DCD and government agencies identified.
  • Developing user friendly visual material to strengthen awareness of TTV

Download the Terms of Reference (TOR) below:

 - TOR_Technical Assistance for TTV Activity Management System Review

Please submit your CV and an application outlining your approach to meeting the TOR (no more than 2-3 pages long).

Email:  Ph: +682 29511.

EOI Closes: 3pm Tuesday 7th February 2017 (Cook Islands Time). 

Media Release - January Price Order

16 January 2017                                                                      

The Price Tribunal has today issued the January Price Order 01/2017 for Rarotonga and all islands (excluding Aitutaki) reflecting a small reduction in price for petrol and increases in the price of diesel and LPG for Rarotonga consumers. The Price Order also implements changes to the Pa Enua price margins for petrol and diesel.

There is a 3 cent per litre decrease in the maximum wholesale and retail prices for petrol on Rarotonga, and a 7 cent per litre increase for diesel and an 18 cents per kg increase in LPG. The maximum retail price that petrol can be sold to the public on Rarotonga is $2.05 cents per litre, $1.98 per litre for diesel and $3.97 per kg for LPG.

“The price increases for diesel and LPG were expected and reflect what we have seen with global price movements over November and December,” stated Price Tribunal President, Tatiana Burn. “Further price increases are to be expected as new arrangements between oil producing countries to cut production levels will result in higher prices at the global level.

“The Price Tribunal has for the past several months been reviewing the Pa Enua margins recognising that the pricing margins used in the Price Order were outdated and not reflective of the actual costs to supply fuel in the Pa Enua,” stated Burn. “This has led to widespread non-compliance by retailers in the outer islands who have consistently ignored the prices set.

“The Price Tribunal has spent a great deal of effort working with Island Governments, retailers in the Pa Enua and domestic shipping companies in reviewing pricing practices, council charges and freight costs. 

While the LPG margins to the Pa Enua are still under review, the Price Tribunal has now implemented increases to the Pa Enua margins for petrol and diesel. This has resulted in increases in the maximum retail prices to the southern group of $2.87 for petrol and $2.80 for diesel. The maximum retails prices that can be charged in the northern group are $3.02 for petrol and $2.95 for diesel.”

The new prices will take effect from 16 January 2017 and will remain in force for the next two months until the next price order is issued in March 2017. Price inspections will be carried out and breach orders will be issued where there is non-compliance.

Consumers should expect to see the new prices clearly displayed at service stations for these price controlled products. Service stations are obligated to ensure that the new prices come into immediate effect. 

Full details of the new prices are contained in the new published price order and can also be accessed by contacting the Consumer Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


Ministry of Internal Affairs      

PUBLIC NOTICE: Manihiki Lagoon Clean Up

The Public is hereby advised that the Manihiki Lagoon Clean-Up Project will begin in February 2017. Raymond Newnham of Ora Moana Ltd is the Project Manager for this work, with Pacific Divers Ltd contracted for the lagoon clean up. 

The farms on the list below have not renewed their permits and have been deemed abandoned by the Manihiki Island Government. All materials, lines and other equipment from the farms listed below that are still in the lagoon will be removed during the course of a five-month lagoon clean up activity, scheduled to commence on the 7th of February 2017.

The following table is a list of the first non-active pearl farms where work will be carried out. Other abandoned farms may be added as the work progresses.

Farmers MLCU

Any farmer on the list, who wishes to raise any concerns with regards to the project may do so in writing and addressed to:

Jane Kaina
Executive Officer
Manihiki Island Government
Telephone: +682 43103 or +682 43137

Meitaki Korereka


Ms. Ngamata Napara

Mayor, Manihiki Island Government