Development Awards Launched

The Minister of Finance – Mark Brown – is calling for nominations for a series of special awards to celebrate 50 years of development next year.

The winners of the awards will be announced at an awards dinner with the country’s Development Partners during the Development Partners Meeting in February next year.

The awards and the Development Partners meeting will be one of the many special events taking place next year to celebrate half a century of self-government in the Cook Islands.

There are 7 categories in the awards, they are:

Five Best Decade Development Awards for each of the decades for 1965-2014; Supreme development 1965 – 2015, and a People’s Choice award.

“The 2015 Development Awards will recognise the country's best development achievements over the last fifty years. These awards will honour organisations, individuals and the public and private sector for their efforts in creating positive change in the Cook Islands” Minister Brown said.

The nomination form can be downloaded by clicking here or can be collected from the Development Coordination Division offices.

Winners will be recognised at 2015 Development Partner’s Meeting Awards Dinner on Tuesday 10th February 2015.

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Additional Notes:

Over the last four years the government has hosted an annual meeting to allow Cook Islands government, civil society and private sector development partners, to meet and mix with international development partners.

The big meeting will be centred on the National Auditorium and the pa enua hostels with various meetings and functions being spread around the auditorium precinct, again generating a picture of the many facets of Cook Islands life with the auditorium representing Rarotonga and the hostels their sister island homes.

The meeting will be held between the 9th and 13th of February next year; the visit to Mitiaro will be on the 12th of February with an overnight stay.