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Development News

2016/2017 Direct Aid Program (DAP) Grant Round now Open

Australia's 2016/2017 DAP Grant Round now Open

The Australian High Commission in Wellington is now accepting applications for the Australian Government’s 2016-17 Direct Aid Program (DAP) Grants Round

The Australian Government's DAP is a flexible small grant programme supporting small-scale development projects and activities.

Applications are open to non-government organisations and government agencies for projects up to NZD $10K

The application deadline is Friday, 15th October 2016 (CKI Time)

Applications can be directed to Ms. Emma Chattington, Protocal and Visits Officer, Australiana High Commission (

Download the application form and guideline below:

Direct Aid Program 2016/2017 - Cook Islands: Application Form and Guidelines

Request for Tender - Manihiki Lagoon Clean-up Project

Request for Tender for the Provision of Contractor Services to the Manihiki Lagoon Clean-Up Project

Tender Reference No.: 161703

The Development Co-ordination Division (DCD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM), the Ministry of Marine Resources and the New Zealand Aid Programme seek suitably qualified groups or companies to submit a tender for the provision of Contractor services. The request for tender requires that the Contractor implement a lagoon clean-up programme in the Manihiki lagoon.

Hard copy tender documents can be obtained from the Development Coordination Division, MFEM, Level 3, Cook Islands Government Building, Avarua. Electronic copies of the tender documents are available from the Tender Manager. 

For any enquiries please contact: Tender Manager, Mr. Raymond Newnham

Email:; Ph: +682 22317 or +682 54317.

Tenders Close: 1pm Wednesday 7 September, 2016 (Cook Islands Time). 

Pacific-LEADS Scholarship - 2nd Batch Intake OPEN

Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific – LEADS)

3rd Batch Intake starting August 2018-March 2020

In May 2015, Government of Japan announced the launch of a scholarship program entitled the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) emphasizing the importance of fostering upcoming generations, who will play key roles in the further of Pacific Island Countries. This program aims to provide opportunities of study for government officials and other key personnel who have the expertise necessary to solve the development challenges faced by Pacific Island Countries, as well as to foster pro-Japanese and Japan experts who can contribute to improving the relationships between our country and Japan.

From 2016-2018, 33-34 participants from 14 Pacific Island Countries will be selected annually.

The 3nd Batch intake is open for participants, with studies commencing August 2018.

Main target participants are government officials/civil servants, though persons from the private sector and educators will also be considered.

The successful participants will study in Japan for a maximum period of 2 and half years:

  • 6 months as a research student
  • 1 or 2 years as a Master’s student
  • About 2 weeks internship to a public or private entities in Japan during summer break

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Citizen of the Cook Islands
  • Between 22 and 39 years (as of April 1st, 2018) – applicants up to 43 years will be considered
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Download the Forms belows:

All applications are due in to OPSC by Friday 14th October, 2016