IN THIS SECTION

Are generic and important notices for the GENERAL PUBLIC in the Cook Islands.  The notices are from across the COOK ISLANDS GOVERNMENT and are regularly updated as information is received by our office.  For further information follow the links below or contact us

BCI Trade Days 2021
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Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) - Local Consultants
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The National Environment Service (NES) is updating its list of national consultants and would like to hear from those who may be interested in future and upcoming consultancy opportunities, either as individuals or organisations. Such consultancies will vary in nature from project design, monitoring and evaluation, technical expertise and project implementation. When consultancy opportunities become available, we can then notify those on the list of the position, terms of reference and the application process. Please note all government procurement processes will still apply.

 

We kindly request for any interested national consultants to complete the attached Expression of Interest (EOI) form and to return this with a recent CV to the NES Project Management Unit (PMU) either via email to Hayley.weeks@cookislands.gov.ck, or to drop in to the NES office in a sealed envelope addressed to the Project Management Unit (PMU). All information received will be confidential.

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CEIT Registrations now open for Semester 2

Are you interested in developing your digital and computer skills this semester? Thinking about creating a website for your business? Interested in learning how to create custom software programs that can solve real-world problems? The Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) at USP Campus is now accepting Registrations into the following certificate courses;

  1. Certificate Course in Advanced Web Technologies

  2. Certificate Course in Business Computing

  3. Certificate Course in Office Automation

The Semester begins on the week of the 9th August, 2021. More information about these courses is attached.

If you are unsure which course is right for you please request for an appointment with our Academic Advisors ci-ceit@usp.ac.fj otherwise you can complete the online registration form on the CEIT website.

Placings are limited to 14 people per class.  

 

SUSPENSION ON PASSENGERS BRINGING IN PLANTS AND PLANT MATERIALS
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WEIGH ALL FOOD ITEMS TAKEN BY PASSENGERS TO NEW ZEALAND
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PUBLIC NOTICE

 

EFFECTIVE 16 JULY 2021, THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE HAS PLACED A “SUSPENSION” ON PASSENGERS BRINGING IN PLANTS AND PLANT MATERIALS FROM NEW ZEALAND.  THIS SUSPENSION WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL WE LOCATE ANOTHER MINISTRY OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES (MPI) APPROVED FACILITY IN NZ TO TREAT THESE PLANTS & PLANT MATERIALS.

 

TO DATE, THERE ARE 3 SITES IN NZ THAT FUMIGATE PLANTS, BUT THIS ONLY KILLS THE INSECTS THAT WE CAN SEE, IT DOES NOT DESTROY BACTERIA.  THE “DIPPING” OF PLANTS IN TREATMENT IS THE PREFERRED ACTION.  WE ADVISE ALSO THAT SOME PLANTS DO NOT SURVIVE THE FUMIGATION PROCESS.

 

WE HAVE, IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, ALLOWED PASSENGERS TO BRING THEIR PLANTS TO RAROTONGA, HAND IT OVER TO THE BIOSECURITY OFFICERS AT THE AIRPORT AND WE TREAT THESE AT OUR PLANT TREATMENT AREA IN ARORANGI.  THIS WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED!  THE RISKS ASSOCIATED ARE TOO HIGH FOR US TO CONTINUE THIS PROCESS.

 

OUR BIOSECURITY TEAM ARE REVIEWING OPTIONS AND FACILITIES (WITHIN THE VICINITY OF AUCKLAND) WHERE PLANTS CAN BE TAKEN TO BE TREATED BEFORE ENTRY INTO THE COOK ISLANDS.  ONCE CONFIRMED, WE WILL ADVISE THE PUBLIC.

 

FOR TRAVELLERS INTENDING TO BRING IN PLANTS ON YOUR RETURN TO THE COOK ISLANDS, IT IS ADVISABLE TO CONTACT THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE FIRST, ON 28711 OR 28710, PRIOR TO DEPARTURE OR BEFORE YOU RETURN.

 

DO NOT SMUGGLE PLANTS OR PLANT MATERIALS IN YOUR LUGGAGE!!

 

OUR COMBINED EFFORTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS FROM THE INTRUSION OF EXOTIC PESTS AND DISEASES.  WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN SAFEGUARDING OUR BORDERS AND THEREFORE YOU MUST PLAY YOUR PART.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.

 

 

MRS TEMARAMA ANGUNA-KAMANA

SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

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PUBLIC NOTICE

EFFECTIVE 19 JULY 2021, THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE THROUGH ITS BIOSECURITY SERVICES AT THE RAROTONGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WILL WEIGH ALL FOOD ITEMS TAKEN BY PASSENGERS TO NEW ZEALAND.

FOOD ITEMS SUCH AS ROOT CROPS (TARO, MANIOTA ETC), DRINKING NUTS (NU), PROCESSED FOODS (CHESTNUTS, KANAKA)

THIS IS TO RECORD THE TYPE AND AMOUNT OF FOOD PRODUCTS TAKEN OUT OF THE COOK ISLANDS.

WE ADVISE PASSENGERS NOT TO TAPE OR SEAL YOUR CONTAINERS OF FOOD PRODUCTS (CHILLI BIN, BOXES, SACKS) UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND WEIGHED BY BIOSECURITY STAFF. ONCE COMPLETED, THE RELEVANT DOCUMENTATION (PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATE) WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU.

PLEASE EXPECT SOME DELAYS WHILE OUR BIOSECURITY SERVICES UNDERTAKES THIS TASK FOR ALL DEPARTING PASSENGERS TAKING FOOD PRODUCTS.

FOR FURTHER CLARIFICATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE ON PHONE 28711 OR 28710.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.

MRS TEMARAMA ANGUNA-KAMANA

SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

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TE MAEVA NUI 2021 - TICKETS ON SALE NOW
PUNANGA NUI NIGHT MARKET
FLOAT PARADE - FRIDAY 30 JULY 2021
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Kia Orana to all Government Ministries,

 

Please find attached with this email:

 

  • Float Rules and Regulations

  • Float Registration Form

 

The Float Registration closes Friday 16th July 2021. All Scripts for Float must be received by Thursday 22nd  July 2021.

 

For further enquiries, please contact Makitua Hinano Boaza on Telephone (Work): 20-725/ Mobile: +682 87-974

ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN (ERP) INQUIRIES
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Stop the SCAM - Be KukiWise 
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Kia Orana, 

 

Please click on the links below to watch the video SCAM Awareness Campaign.

 

We need to protect each other from any Cyber Crime happening. Please share the link with all your families and friends.

https://youtu.be/oIvgTKfMG1E - with English Subtitles

         https://youtu.be/FFVThTWksD8 - with Cook Islands Maori Subtitles

2021 CALENDAR of EVENTS
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 Travelling Passengers Information
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          PUBLIC NOTICE
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          FSC - STAY VIGILANT AGAINST COVID-19 SCAMS
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MFEM - Customs: Notice to all declarants

Due to a large number of recurring entry errors being observed and managed by Customs, with effect Monday 3rd February 2020, the Cook Islands Customs Service intends to commence imposing Administrative Penalties pursuant to section 160 of the Customs Revenue and Border Protection Act 2012.

Administrative Penalties will apply to every entry (or amendment to entry) required under this Act and includes every supporting document or declaration required to be made or produced by every person making the entry.

An Administrative penalty will apply when:

  1. an amount of duty payable under the Act has not (or will not) been paid or declared for payment

  2. the entry is otherwise materially incorrect

Notice of such a penalty will be given in writing to the person who made the entry. That person has 20 working days from the notice date, to satisfy the Comptroller that the person is entitled to be exempted from such a penalty.

The penalties that will apply and as stated in the Act are:

  1. Where an amount of duty payable under the Act has not (or will not) been paid or declared for payment, the penalty is $100.00 or an amount equal to 20% of the duty unpaid or not declared up to a maximum of $5000.00

  2. Where the entry is otherwise materially incorrect, the penalty is $100.00 for each entry.

NES - MARINE ECOSYSTEMS VALUATION SURVEY 

Kia Orana kotou katoatoa,

 

You are invited to participate in the household survey for the Cook Islands Marine Ecosystem Service Valuation (MESV) study. This study is part of the Cook Islands Ridge to Reef (R2R) project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from Global Environment Facility (GEF) in partnership with the Cook Islands Government. The study will support the Marae Moana Coordination Office to better protect and sustainably manage the marine resources of the Cook Islands.

 

https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90262821/Cook-Islands-MESV-Household-Survey


The purpose of the household survey is to collect information on Cook Islanders' use of the marine environment and the values they place on it, including:

  1. Harvest of fish and other resources

  2. Leisure and recreation

  3. Cultural practices

  4. Conservation of biodiversity, native and migratory species

  5. Threats to the marine environment

The survey is conducted by Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) and Dr. Luke Brander from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on behalf of the Ridge to Reef project for the Cook Islands Government. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact info@tiscookislands.org

 

Kia Manuia