Cook Islands, New Zealand

Cook Islands look to deepen New Zealand relationship, secure IMF and full Commonwealth membership


Cook Islands Prime Minister, the Hon. Mark Brown, has spoken of the need for the Cook Islands' voice to be heard at the highest levels of inter-government global gatherings, and to be able to participate autonomously in relevant multilateral development entities such as the IMF.

The Prime Minister made the remarks on 8 June 2023, at an evening reception hosted by New Zealand High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Tui Dewes, in honour of the visit of New Zealand's Governor General, Dame Cindy Kiro, to the Cook Islands.

Cook Islands and New Zealand to expand cooperation


Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 2 June 2023 - The Cook Islands Government has welcomed additional budget support of NZ$15 million from the Government of New Zealand to support the Cook Islands' economic recovery efforts as the Cook Islands continue to expand airlinks and increase air uplift while grappling with supply-side constraints and inflationary pressures exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.