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Vacancy: Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Te Mato Vai & Wastewater PMU

Hurry don't miss out - applications closing soon!

Are you a good communicator? Are you interested in facilitating greater community involvement in decision-making? We are looking for a Communications and Engagement Coordinator to join our team!

As a member of the Communications and Engagement team, your role will be to engage stakeholders throughout the project, explain the issues and options in terms everyone can understand, and seek community input into how the issues facing the lagoons in Muri and Aitutaki can be best addressed.

This is a fantastic opportunity contribute to a challenging and interesting project that has important implications for the future of the country. You will play a key role in helping to identifying an appropriate solution for safeguarding our environment for the benefit of our people and our economy.

Your role will include:

  • Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Identifying communication and engagement risks and working with the team to mitigate or manage risks
  • Drafting communications collateral including frequently asked questions, website content, fact sheets, e-newsletter
  • Drafting media releases and social media posts
  • Developing PowerPoint presentations, run sheets and agendas for workshops and drafting summary reports
  • Managing an online stakeholder database and online engagement platform

Required skills

  • Able to develop good working relationships
  • Able to write clearly and concisely in English with good grammar and attention to detail
  • Able to think logically and creatively about how to present information
  • Understands the need for engagement to be inclusive and well-thought out

Desirable skills

  • Fluent in English and Maori
  • Good organisation skills and event management
  • Willing and able to learn how to use simple engagement software
  • Able to occasionally work outside normal working hours for workshops etc.

You must be available to start immediately. You will be expected to work an average of 25 hours per week and be available on request over the next 18 months.

You will be part of the Te Mato Vai and Wastewater Project Management Unit. It is a multi-disciplinary team including both local and New Zealand based staff. Previous experience in a similar project or role would be highly regarded.


Please send your CV to or call +682 78-582 for more information about the role


Applications close 4p.m., Wednesday 22 February 2017

Request Expressions of Interest for Technical Assistance for the review of the national Te Tarai Vaka Activity Management System

The Development Coordination Division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) seeks a suitably qualified individual or company to provide services to review the Cook Islands Te Tarai Vaka Activity Management System.

The assignment will commence in February 2017.

The TA role includes:

  • Reviewing the TTV system and developing a proposed plan to address gaps in TTV system.
  • Simplify current TTV templates
  • Conduct training on the TTV system to DCD and government agencies identified.
  • Developing user friendly visual material to strengthen awareness of TTV

Download the Terms of Reference (TOR) below:

 - TOR_Technical Assistance for TTV Activity Management System Review

Please submit your CV and an application outlining your approach to meeting the TOR (no more than 2-3 pages long).

Email:  Ph: +682 29511.

EOI Closes: 3pm Tuesday 7th February 2017 (Cook Islands Time). 

Media Release - January Price Order

16 January 2017                                                                      

The Price Tribunal has today issued the January Price Order 01/2017 for Rarotonga and all islands (excluding Aitutaki) reflecting a small reduction in price for petrol and increases in the price of diesel and LPG for Rarotonga consumers. The Price Order also implements changes to the Pa Enua price margins for petrol and diesel.

There is a 3 cent per litre decrease in the maximum wholesale and retail prices for petrol on Rarotonga, and a 7 cent per litre increase for diesel and an 18 cents per kg increase in LPG. The maximum retail price that petrol can be sold to the public on Rarotonga is $2.05 cents per litre, $1.98 per litre for diesel and $3.97 per kg for LPG.

“The price increases for diesel and LPG were expected and reflect what we have seen with global price movements over November and December,” stated Price Tribunal President, Tatiana Burn. “Further price increases are to be expected as new arrangements between oil producing countries to cut production levels will result in higher prices at the global level.

“The Price Tribunal has for the past several months been reviewing the Pa Enua margins recognising that the pricing margins used in the Price Order were outdated and not reflective of the actual costs to supply fuel in the Pa Enua,” stated Burn. “This has led to widespread non-compliance by retailers in the outer islands who have consistently ignored the prices set.

“The Price Tribunal has spent a great deal of effort working with Island Governments, retailers in the Pa Enua and domestic shipping companies in reviewing pricing practices, council charges and freight costs. 

While the LPG margins to the Pa Enua are still under review, the Price Tribunal has now implemented increases to the Pa Enua margins for petrol and diesel. This has resulted in increases in the maximum retail prices to the southern group of $2.87 for petrol and $2.80 for diesel. The maximum retails prices that can be charged in the northern group are $3.02 for petrol and $2.95 for diesel.”

The new prices will take effect from 16 January 2017 and will remain in force for the next two months until the next price order is issued in March 2017. Price inspections will be carried out and breach orders will be issued where there is non-compliance.

Consumers should expect to see the new prices clearly displayed at service stations for these price controlled products. Service stations are obligated to ensure that the new prices come into immediate effect. 

Full details of the new prices are contained in the new published price order and can also be accessed by contacting the Consumer Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.


Ministry of Internal Affairs