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

RAROTONGA PANUI 1-5 & 11 NOVEMBER 2021
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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Public is hereby advised that the High Court (Land Division) will sit at the Rarotonga
Courthouse, on Monday 1st to Friday 5th and Thursday 11th of November 2021 to hear
and determine the following applications listed hereunder at a designated date and time.
These sessions will be conducted through online ZOOM.

TUATUA AKAKITE

Te akakite ia atu nei ki te katoatoa e ka rave ia te Akavaanga Teitei (Tuanga Enua) ki roto i te
Are Akavaanga o Rarotonga nei i te Monite ra 1 ki te Varaire ra 5 e te Paraparau ra 11
o Noema 2021
no te akarongo e te kimi atu i teia au oroanga tei akanoo iatu tona ra e te ora i
raro nei. Ka raveia atu te reira na roto I te UIPAANGA AKAATA (ZOOM).

AITUTAKI PANUI 8-9 NOVEMBER 2021
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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Public is hereby advised that the High Court (Land Division) will sit at Aitutaki Court
House, on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of November 2021 to hear and determine the
following applications listed hereunder at a designated date and time. These sessions will be
conducted through online ZOOM.

TUATUA AKAKITE

Te akakiteia atu nei ki te katoatoa e ka raveia te Akavaanga Teitei (Tuanga Enua) ki roto I te
Are Akavaanga o Aitutaki nei I te Monite ra 9 e te Ruirua ra 8 no November 2021 no te
akarongo e te kimi atu i teia au oroanga tei akanoo iatu tona ra e te ora i raro nei. Ka raveia
atu te reira na roto I te UIPAANGA AKAATA (ZOOM).

RAROTONGA PA NUI 20 OCTOBER 2021
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PUBLIC NOTICE

The Public is hereby advised that the High Court (Land Division) will sit at the Rarotonga Courthouse, on Wednesday 20th October 2021 to hear and determine the following applications. This session will be conducted through online ZOOM.

TUATUA AKAKITE

Te akakite ia atu nei ki te katoatoa e ka rave ia te Akavaanga Teitei (Tuanga Enua) ki roto i te Are Akavaanga o Rarotonga nei i te Ruitoru 20 Okotopa 2021 no te akarongo e te kimi atu i teia au oroanga I raro nei. Ka raveia iatu te reira na roto I te UIPAANGA AKAATA (ZOOM).

NATIONAL MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

Kia Orana Everyone,

 

Tauranga Vananga/Ministry of Cultural Development wish to announce that the National Museum is currently hosting 2 exhibitions –

  1. “The Arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands – with the different accounts encountered on each island. 

  2.  “The “NUKU/Gospel Drama” Exhibition featuring photographs of 1968 celebrations, 2013, 2014 etc.  

 

Both Exhibitions are now open to  the public from today 1st October to  30th November, 2021.

Please note for today only, we will close at 3pm otherwise the National Museum opens Mondays to Friday from 9am to 4pm,and closes on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

COME ONE, COME ALL!  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU HERE AT OUR NATIONAL MUSEUM.

ROAD ACCESS TO THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE
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NCEA ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Kia Orana e te katoatoa

 

As a result of the ongoing impact of community cases of COVID-19’s Delta Variant in New Zealand, changes to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) have been considered.

 

While our Cook Islands schools remain open under our Alert Level 2 and learning continues for our students, some of the NCEA changes announced by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority recently will impact our Cook Islands senior students participating in Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the qualification.

 

A summary of the key changes is included in the information piece attached, along with the updated 2021 Examination Timetable for the Cook Islands.  Both of which can also be downloaded from www.education.gov.ck.

Meitaki Atupaka.

SUSPENSION ON PASSENGERS BRINGING IN PLANTS AND PLANT MATERIALS
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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

WEIGH ALL FOOD ITEMS TAKEN BY PASSENGERS TO NEW ZEALAND
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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

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