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20 Dec 2018 description
report Pacific Community

New Cook Islands Building Code and Strategic Roadmap for Emergency Management

The revised Building Code for the Cook Islands and the newly-developed Strategic Roadmap for Emergency Management (SREM) were both launched today (Tuesday, 18 December 2018) by the Minister for Internal Affairs Sports, Police and Office of the Ombudsman, Hon Vaine Makiroa.

03 Dec 2018 description

Article with images and links


Fishing and planting are our communities’ livelihoods. In this, weather is everything. If the weather takes a turn for the worse while I am at sea, it can be a safety issue. If I am unable to catch enough fish to feed my family and provide for my community, then how can we survive? With the remoteness of our island, we must be resilient. We must adapt for our existence, and if technology is the pathway then let’s learn how to use it.

26 Apr 2018 description

Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 26 April 2018

The Emergency Management Office of the Government of Cook Islands in partnership with the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) today launched the Country Preparedness Package (CPP) for the Cook Islands. The CPP is intended to strengthen preparedness and collaboration between national and international actors in disaster preparedness and response.

25 Apr 2018 description
report Pacific Community

A backup water source to support the communities of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands to access safe and clean drinking water during drought conditions has recently been investigated.

Geophysics and electrical resistivity testing of the island carried out by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Cook Islands Government identified groundwater sources that could provide useful volumes of fresh water, particularly useful during droughts.

12 Oct 2017 description

A financing agreement to support the Cook Islands' sanitation sector has been signed by prime minister, Henry Puna, and the European commissioner for international co-operation and development, Neven Mimica.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 Oct 2017 description

Rarotonga is now on Level 3 Water Warning for drought and all residents are requested to cooperate with the Drought Management Plan actions in order to conserve the available water supply. Level 1 is normal and Level 5 is a severe emergency.

13 Jan 2017 description

In Mangaia, the second largest of the Cook Islands, five young leaders are being trained in organic farming practices so that they can supply their local markets, as well as export their crops to the capital island of Rarotonga, alleviating the country’s heavy reliance on foreign imports. Three of the five participants are women, who were not traditionally farmers on Mangaia.


15 Dec 2016 description

Cook Islanders are being warned by the national met service to listen for weather warnings as the region moves deeper into the cyclone season.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

18 Aug 2016 description

Tautu village in Aitutaki, Cook Islands now has completed a disaster and climate resilience pilot project. It was developed with support from the Finland-Pacific (FINPAC) Project which aims to reduce the vulnerability of the livelihoods of Pacific islanders to the impacts of climate change through strengthening the Meteorological Services.

20 Jan 2016 description

Palmerston Island in the Cook Islands has escaped Tropical Cyclone Victor without significant damage.

Read the full article here.

18 Jan 2016 description

Cyclone Victor is still causing gale-force winds on Palmerston in the Cook Islands but remains a category three cyclone.

There's an active convergence zone slowly moving around the Cook Islands, with Palmerston to continue to experience winds up to 100 kilometres per hour.

Read the full article here.

08 Dec 2015 description

Executive Summary

Earlier this year, the Cook Islands along with many countries in the world, endorsed the Sendai Framework of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Under this global framework there is a call to “strengthen disaster risk governance to manage risks” as the framework’s fourth priority area.
This study analyses the laws that govern and manage disaster risks in the Cook Islands using the Checklist on Law and Disaster Risk Reduction (the checklist) which was developed jointly by IFRC and UNDP through a global consultation process.

01 Dec 2015 description

The Cook Islands Meteorological service says tropical cyclone Tuni has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

03 Nov 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

SUVA, 3 November 2015 – The 15,000 people of the Cook Islands, who inhabit 15 islands spread across an area of Pacific Ocean the size of Saudi Arabia, know from experience that a stronger and coordinated approach to disaster risk governance reduces distance and builds resilience.

21 Jul 2015 description

By Makereta Komai in Nuku'alofa

Cook Islands Meteorological Service, operating under the Ministry of Transport is striving to provide robust and sustainable weather information services to the people of Cook Islands.

And, the head of the Met Service, Arona Ngari shared with his colleagues from around the Pacific region that despite the fact that Cook Islands has been free of cyclone since 2010, his office needs to strengthen and improve its communications and early warning system.

“We need a good and robust early warning system in place,” said Ngari.

29 Jun 2015 description

The Cook Islands Finance Minister says because of climate change, key infrastructure needs to be built with the expectation it will be hit more often and more severely by natural disasters.

Read the full article on the Radio New Zealand International

22 May 2015 description

The director of Community Health in the Cook Islands, Neti Herman, says they are finally gaining ground in efforts to contain the spread of chikungunya.

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01 May 2015 description

The Cook Islands ministry of health says the Chikungunya outbreak is on the rise and is likely to have not reached its peak yet.

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16 Mar 2015 description

15 March 2015, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) was in the Cook Islands this month helping local broadcasters to understand how they can promote and shape resilient development through their daily reporting and to also keep safe and stay 'on air' during times of disasters.