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


The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) is calling on Suppliers who have not received payments from any government department for invoices over 30 days to email a copy of the statement to mfem.funds@cookislands

MFEM will use the information to verify that the outstanding debt is being committed in its accounting records and therefore payment can be processed in a timely manner. 

For further information contact MFEM Treasury on 29511 and speak with Ricky Bishop. 



Te ʼakakite ʼia ātu nei ki te kātoatoa ē ʼe ka tōpiri ʼia to tātou ʼAre Karioi Nui ʼē pērā te nga Tāupe tiaorangi o to tātou Tauranga Vānanga. Ka akamata teia i te Ru’itoru rā 5 o ʼAukute nei ʼē tae ʼuātu ki te marama Tītema i teia mataᶦiti, ta’i mano rua ngaᶦuru (2020).

ʼE karere ʼakamaʼara akaᶦōu teia kia kōtou e te au taeake no ta kōtou au anga’anga tei tāraʼu’ia note rave ki roto i te ʼAre Karioi Nui ʼē pērā te nga Tāupe no teia au marama ʼAukute, Tepetema, ʼOkotopa, Noema ʼē Tītema. ʼAkakoromaki mai kua vaiʼo mārie ʼia teia kia rauka i te au kamupani tei akataka ʼia kia rave i te au ʼangaʼanga tei ʼakakoroʼia ki runga i to tātou ngutuʼare.

Meitaki maʼata

Te Tama ʼAkatere ʼAu

Anthony Turua.


The general public is advised that the National Auditorium be closed to the Public starting Wednesday 05th August until December 2020 for renovations. The two Domes will no longer be available to the public starting September 2020 as a precautionary measure for the renovations.

This is a reminder to all clients who have booked the National Auditorium or Domes for various events that this will no longer be possible for the months of August, September, October, November and December. Please accept our sincere apologies for the changes, the contractors require the whole area to be cleared to ensure the renovations are completed safely and as scheduled.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Head of Ministry

Anthony Turua.



Cook Islands Investment Corporation is undertaking a full and complete survey (Stage 1) of the Avarua to Avatiu Township area and has engaged DAC Land Surveying to undertake this work.

The survey data will give CIIC and other government agencies detailed land information for planning future infrastructure improvements including drainage and flooding as well as all infrastructure and essential services.

The survey work is scheduled to take place from early-June to mid- September 2020 and will commence from the Courthouse through to the backroad Takuvaine and across to Ruatonga, Punangai Nui and Avatiu areas.  We respectfully request your assistance with this survey during the day for short periods during this time.

Hours of work are: 8:00am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

The outline of the survey area is shown below:

If you have any questions please contact the following persons:

Romani Katoa                                                                                    Nama Benson

Project Manager, Avarua Town Plan                                       Director, DAC Land Surveying

Office: 23139                                                                                      Mobile: 50857


Meitaki Maata, e Kia Manuia

Ministry of Justice's Office - General Inquiries

Please be advised that pursuant to the Personal Property Securities (Transitional Matters) Regulations 2020, the transitional period to register prior security interests under the Personal Property Securities Act 2017 ("PPSA") has been extended by 60 days to 6th August 2020.  This extension affords creditors, who may have experienced disruptions from Covid19, additional time to register prior security interests and maintain their priority over collateral.  With the commencement of the PPSA in December 2019, the Hire Purchase Act 1986 and Chattels Transfer Act 1924 have been repealed and security interests should be registered under the PPSA.  Please note that the PPSA does not relate to any direct security interest over land.  If you have any questions relating to the extension of the transitional period, please direct them to


Meitaki maata


Rimmel Poila-Mokoroa

Registrar of Companies

Public Service Induction Training Schedule 2020

To register, phone +68229421 or email Teresa Tararo,

Ministry of Education - School Academic Calender 2020

FROM: Head of Ministry, Danielle Tungane Cochrane

DATE: 1 May 2020 

SUBJECT: Revised 2020 School Academic Calendar  

On the 28th April, Cabinet Ministers gave consideration to the revised school academic calendar for 2020, in light of the COVID19 impact to our original calendar.


Please find the supported revised academic calendar below for your reference and to aid in any future planning opportunities.  Please do get in touch if you have further queries.


Meitaki Atupaka.

Ministry of Agriculture - 'Biosecurity Newsletter' 

The Ministry of Agriculture has released their 'Biosecurity Newsletter' for 2020, this is a monthly release and for further information please contact the Ministry Headquarters in Arorangi, Rarotonga on Ph: +682 28711 or website 

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Te Marae Ora - Ministry of Health Media Release re: CORONAVIRUS 

FROM: Dr Josephine Herman, Secretary

DATE: 24 January 2020

SUBJECT: 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China


Te Marae Ora Cook Islands Ministry of Health wishes to update the public regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) respiratory virus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 2019-nCoV is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified and it is now spreading widely across China, parts of Asia, and the rest of the world.

Travel Advisory:

The Cook Islands does not have any travel restrictions regarding 2019-CoV. All arriving passengers will receive written information regarding 2019-nCoV. For those travelling overseas, please take all practical measures to avoid close contact with people with flu-like illnesses, wash your hands regularly, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with animals including visiting animal markets.


Te Marae Ora strongly recommends travellers avoid all non-essential and non-urgent travel to cities and areas where 2019-nCoV infection has been reported. Those travelling overseas should also prepare for travel delays on arrival at selected airports as some countries have implemented health screening processes. This may include passenger temperature checks and requests for passengers to complete a symptom questionnaire.

Travellers with signs and symptoms of illness (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) may be required to undergo additional health assessment...

              >>> To read and download the full Media release, click on the link on the right 

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Downloadable Resources courtesy of Te Marae Ora - Ministry of Health

MFEM - Revenue Management: Annual PAYE Reconciliation and Tax Certificates



A friendly reminder that your annual PAYE Reconciliations for 2019 are required to be filed to the Revenue Management Division by Friday 31st January 2020. In addition, all employers must have issued the 2019 RM101 Tax certificates to their employees before/by the 31st January 2020 prior to submitting their PAYE Reconciliation.


As an employer, you are responsible for making deductions from the payments you give to employees(salary/wages). These deductions are then paid to Revenue Management Division each month and accounted for in the end of year PAYE Reconciliation. A copy of each employee’s tax certificate is attached to your PAYE Reconciliation for the year and the other is given to the employee themselves for their own Individual Tax returns.


Each employee is responsible for the completion and filing of their Individual Income Tax return once they have received their certificates.


PAYE Reconciliations can be done manually and submitted directly to Revenue Management Division or filed through our E-Tax online website

E-Tax Online Website: 

Online banking details:


For more information or assistance please call us on 29365 or email

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.

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