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Palmerston Island Cyclone Shelter Contract Award

PRESS RELEASE 30/08/2018


Infrastructure Cook Islands

Palmerston Island Cyclone Shelter Contract Award

PalmerstonCycloneShelterInfrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is pleased to announce the award of the Palmerston Island Cyclone Shelter Construction Contract between Land Holdings Ltd and Infrastructure Cook Islands with construction activities expected to start on site in October 2018 following material delivery. Government’s recognition of the need to improve the resilience of our Pa Enua has led to joint funding primarily from the Japan Government. The Cook Islands Government contributions includes funding, securing of land, project and construction management and design of the cyclone shelter in collaboration with the people of Palmerston Island and Island Government. This project will improve security and resilience of the island community, by delivering a structurally sound, safe, reliable, durable cyclone shelter that will provide protection from extreme weather events and also provide for post disaster recovery. The contract includes the construction of a two-story Cyclone Shelter designed for both cyclone winds and storm surge. Works include water tanks and modification to an existing septic tank system. The Cyclone Shelter will house up to 80 people in an emergency event and during normal use the facility will function as a multi-use community facility. ICI as project and contracts manager on behalf of both governments is working closely with the Palmerston Island Government and Island Administration on all aspects of this project as the key stakeholder, with the aim to deliver a successful project for the Island of Palmerston. The project contributes towards Goal 5 of the National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2020 Build resilient infrastructure and Information Communication Technology (ICT) to improve our standard of living, Goal 13 Strengthen resilience to combat the impacts of climate change and natural disasters and the ICI Strategic Plan 2.2: All buildings conform to cyclone and tsunami safety standards. “This Contract is part of a wider programme of Government investment in key Pa Enua Infrastructure” says Infrastructure Cook Islands Secretary Ngametua Pokino. “Key outcomes of the project are to provide a structurally safe and durable cyclone shelter, provide water and sanitation facilities, post-cyclone recovery including space for a medical clinic and emergency communications, as well as capacity building and economic benefits for the community by engaging local work force and suppliers. Collectively these outcomes will lead to a more sustainable facility as well as capacity building within the island community” Pokino adds. End.

OSH National Reform Project

The Cook Islands Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) National Reform Project is underway and aims at raising the standards of OSH across the Cook Islands by establishing new legal requirements for OSH, workers’ compensation (WC) and employers’ liability insurance (ELI). More effective legislation will protect Cook Islands workers and support Cook Islands businesses. As part of an extensive consultation process, the appointed Technical Advisor, SHAW IDEA PTY, has now presented the Issues Paper, a set of questions and explanations meant to guide further thoughts and ideas covering OSH, ELI and WC.

There are three versions of the Issues paper available: a brief (one page), a summary (4 pages) and a detailed (64 pages) version. The brief is also available in maori version. The Ministry of Internal Affairs, together with the tripartite social partners, Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce and Cook Islands Workers Association, will be distributing the Issues paper as widely as possible through their respective email database and websites. Anyone preferring hard copy versions, please come to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The Issues paper represents yet another opportunity to contribute to National OSH Reform Project. By providing as much input and information possible, our different stakeholders and members of our community facilitate the process of shaping a new set of legislation that will be user friendly, relevant and applicable to all of us.

Deadline for all written submissions is on the 24 August 2018.

For any additional queries or information, please call 29370, Sandrina Thondoo, Director of Labour and Consumer Services, Ministry of Internal Affairs. Alternatively, contact the Technical Advisors directly, Andrea Shaw and Alan Clayton on their respective emails.

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docxOSH National Reform- Brief Issues Paper34.49 KB


pdfOSH National Reform-Summary Issues Paper231.47 KB


pdfOSH National Reform- Detailed Issues Paper928.28 KB


pdfOSH National Reform- Maori Brief Issues Paper264.65 KB


VACANCY: CIIC Chief Executive Officer


The Board of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) is seeking a qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is responsible to the Board for the management of the CIIC.

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation is a statutory Corporation of the Cook Islands Government and manages Crown assets and SOEs on behalf of the Crown. The CIIC administers the Cook Islands Government Property Corporation and oversees Te Aponga Uira, the Airport Authority, the Bank of the Cook Islands and the Ports Authority. Further information on the functions and responsibilities of the CIIC may be accessed on its website,

The Board is seeking a person who has at least 15 years senior management experience with a background in financial management, project management and policy development.

The individual must have:

  • strong strategic focus with demonstrated achievements in developing and implementing strategy
  • excellent leadership and team building skills with an emphasis on building capacity within an organization and managing performance levels.
  • an ability to work in a flexible manner to support the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Corporation
  • experience in leading organisation in an environment of change
  • the personal skills to maintain good working relationships with all the key stakeholders.

A full job description for the position is available below:

Any other enquiries should be directed to Raymond Newnham at

The remuneration package offered will depend on skills and experience and relocation assistance is available.

Applications will close at 4 p.m. on 2 October 2017 Cook Islands time and should be sent to Raymond at the e-mail above prior to then.

Applicants should provide a full CV including references and a covering letter outlining their strengths and weaknesses relative to the key responsibilities and competencies of the position.