About Tarai Vaka Process


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Tarai Vaka Process

The Activity Management System of the Cook Islands Government 


In early 2014, the Development Coordination Division (DCD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM), commenced work on an activity management system in order to streamline the approach to planning, implementing and monitoring projects across government.

The system, then called Te Tarai Vaka (TTV) in Cook Islands Maori, refers to the process of building a voyaging canoe and was selected through consultations as an appropriate metaphor for managing a project while considering Cook Islands values. The policies, guidelines and tools underpinning TTV are intended to support the Cook Islands’ government (CIG) commitment to the transparent, efficient and effective use of tax payer funds and development partner assistance.

The Cook Islands activity management system also aims to ensure that national priorities are supported by the activity management process – such as those identified by the national development framework Te Kaveinga Nui (2007-2020), the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP 2016-2020) and the Cook Islands national policy suite and accompanying sector strategies (such as the National Infrastructure Investment Plan 2015-2020). The system is guided by a robust legislative framework that includes:

  • the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management Act 1995-96/1997;

  • the Public Service Act 2009; and

  • the Public Expenditure Review Committee and Audit Act 1995-96;

Also guiding the Te Tarai Vaka activity management system are the CIG Financial Policy and Procedures manual, CIG Procurement Policy, the Development Partners Policy, Environmental and Social Safeguards Policy and the CIG Operations Manual, and the annual budgeting process.

In 2020, the activity management system was reviewed and modified to better align with the needs of users and stakeholders. It was also renamed to the Tarai Vaka Process (TVP), to remove any confusion that existed with To Tatou Vai, which is also commonly known as TTV.

TVP should be applied to all government funded and overseas development assistance (ODA) activities managed by the Cook Islands Government, including all large scale, high impact activities, as well as smaller scale activities that may have significant environmental and social impacts. An “activity” refers to projects, programs, technical assistance, equipment, and any personnel required to carry out economic and social development in the Cook Islands.


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If you have any questions or require guidance regarding the system, please contact: tetaraivaka[at]cookislands.gov.ck