Our development cooperation in Cook Islands
New Zealand’s development cooperation with Cook Islands focuses on supporting the Cook Islands Government to deliver strong public services.
Our shared values and goals are set out in the Joint Centenary Declaration signed in 2001.
On 1 January 2020 Cook Islands graduated from eligibility for Official Development Assistance. This decision was based on Cook Islands having exceeded the OECD’s high income threshold for three consecutive years. Cook Islands is the first Pacific Island Country or Territory to graduate since 2000. Graduation is a testament to strong economic performance and management by Cook Islands.
In light of our strong commitment and Cook Islands’ status as a member of the Realm of New Zealand, New Zealand will continue to provide reliable development assistance and support to Cook Islands.