5th Development Partners Meeting 2015



Rarotonga, Cook Islands 9 - 12 February 

Kia orana and welcome to the 5th Cook Islands Development Development Partners Meeting 2015 web page. 

In 2015 the Cook Islands are celebrating 50 years of Self governance,  in recognition of this, the meeting theme is "Journey to Development".This theme is intended to set the scene for weaving different stories about our past and future challenges, contributing to a greater understanding of the oportunities before the Cook Islands and increasing collective actions.

Some events to take note of, for the 2015 meeting, are:

The Venue

Due to the increase in participation and events, the 2015 meeting will be held at the National Auditorium and side events will be hosted in the surrounding hostels. The set up creates a sense of moving between the islands of the Cook Islands with the main auditorium representing Rarotonga and the hostels representing our Pa Enua. In the centre will be a Cook Islands marketplace set up providing arts, craft, food and information.  

The Meeting

The objective of the meeting is to create a focused space to share inclusive views on development, innovations for more effective develoopment and demonstrate credibility of Cook Islands national systems in a manner tha increases coordinated effort across organisations.

To see what is will be discussed, please refer to our meeting agenda.

The Development Awards

After getting off to a slow start the 2015 Development Awards to celebrate 50 years or development since self-government in 1965, attracted nearly 70 nomination forms covering over 110 nominations, some of them covering several decades.

The judging panel chaired by Parliament’s Speaker Nikki Rattle, congratulated all of the people who put forward nominations and commented on the high calibre and variety of nominations. Rattle said the panel was very apreciative of people who had taken the time to think about the person or organisation or project, they wanted to see recognised and honoured for the contribution they made for the betterment of the country over the last half-century.The judges are currently making their decisions and the award winners will be announced at an old-style awards dinner and dance to be held in the old packing shed at Titikaveka (Enua Manea), the evening of Tuesday 10th February.
Thirty-five development partner representatives and some regional leaders from other Pacific countries attending the fifth annual devekopment partners meeting will be at the dinner. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the dinner and inpidual tickets or tables of 10 are available for purchase.To see who was in the running for an award and to purchase tickets please visit our Development Awards page. 

Visit to the Pa Enua (outer lying Island)

Following in the success of the Atiu visit during the 4th Development Partners Meeting, we will again be holding a one day meeting and overnight visit on one of our sister islands. Giving our partners a chance to view the contrast between the economy, infrastructure and livelihoods of Rarotonga and the Pa enua as well as holding fruitful discussions.

A package deal is on offer for this event and details for booking can be viewed by visiting our Mitiaro meeting page

Side Events

For 2015, we will be holding a number of side events throughout the 4 days of the meeting. This will include a movie hall showing Cook Islands short films, presentations and panel discussions that focus on Women's rights, economy and politics, Social justice, Fisheries, Agriculture and more. 

So make sure you lock these dates into your calendar, 9th - 12th February 2015, and keep an eye on this page for more information.

Meitaki Maata, we look forward to seeing you at the 5th Cook Islands Development Partners Meeting 2015.

for up to date press releases from the Ministry of Finance visit our Press Release page.