Nia Tero and the Cook Islands

As we continue to partner with organizations, locally regionally and internationally, we continue also said Prime Minister Puna to look for opportunities to partner with likeminded people. For this reason it was a pleasure to meet with the likes of Andy Krasner, board member for Nia Tero, director of the Google X laboratory and former […]

Climate Change Meeting – IRENA

During its 7-year history, IRENA has invited the Cook Islands to their annual meetings every year for the past 5 years and this year” said Puna, we will continue to build on this mutually beneficial relationship with regard to Climate Change and its negative effects on Pacific Nations and the world globally” I “I am looking […]

World Government Summit

Prime Minister Puna attended the World Government Congress in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. The World Government Summit is an annual event held in Dubai, UAE, and it brings together leaders in government for a global dialogue about governmental process and policies with a focus on the issues of futurism, technology and innovation, as well […]

New High Commissioner to New Zealand

H.E Elizabeth Foster Wright Koteka, High Commissioner to the Cook Islands presented her credentials to New Zealand Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House yesterday. Present also for this auspicious occasion were Hon Aupito William Sio,Minister of Pacific People,Professor Piri Sciascia and Sir David Gascoigne. It is such an honor said Prime Minister Puna […]

Pacific Island Countries Need More Access To Climate Change Finance

More finance to combat climate change (Hon. Prime Minister Puna keynote address at COP 24) A key priority for my fellow Pacific Leaders and negotiators currently attending the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), is accessing climate finance, across all finance mechanisms of the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement. The Cook […]

Seabed Exploration Consultation with House of Ariki

House of Ariki Support Seabed Exploration In consultation with our communities it was also essential we consulted with our Traditional Leaders and the house of Ariki. Joining us in Cabinet, the House of Ariki and Koutu Nui were able to better appreciate the benefits to this country from Seabed Mining and the exploratory phase we […]

Governments gift to Marumaru Atua

Getting our Vaka back in the Ocean It is with a great sense of pride, that the government of the Cook Islands has been able to gift the Cook Islands Voyaging society and the Vaka Marumaru Atua $255,000 so she can be restored and repaired after the devastating fire last year here in Avatiu said […]

Sir Tom and Lady Tuaine Marsters honored in Auckland

Sir Tom and Lady Tuaine Marsters in Auckland The Auckland Cook Islands Community were able to honor Sir Tom Marsters and Lady Tuaine Marsters, with special guest and Rugby legend Sir La’auli Michael Niko Jones at a function this week with past Prime Ministers, Robert Woonton and Joe Williams alongside. In attendance also were Cook […]

Cook Islands look to greater engagement with APEC

(MFAI RELEASE) Prime Minister Henry Puna was among Pacific Leaders in Port Moresby last week for the annual meeting of Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC). Hosted by Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, in attendance were world leaders from 21 developed and developing countries including Japan, China, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore and […]

Arise…Sir Tom Marsters

Knighthood for a life of Service to the Cook Islands His Excellency Tom Marsters Queen’s Representative of the Cook Islands and Mrs Tuaine Marsters, are on their way to Buckingham Palace where he will be knighted Sir Tom Marsters KBE and she will be Lady Tuaine Masters. Joining them is his Official Secretary Mr. Anthony […]