Financial Secretary Office News

Financial Secretary Office News

Election observer mission to Vanuatu


  The Pacific Islands Forum has accepted an invitation from Vanuatu to send an Observer Mission to observe and assess the Vanuatu Parliamentary elections on the 22nd of January.  Cook Islands Chief Electoral Mrs Taggy Tangimetua will be part of the mission with Forum executives and delegates from Tonga.  The team will be in Vanuatu next week until after the elections.  The mission will monitor Vanuatu's electoral process not only to assess compliance but also to learn from and share any lessons with other member countries.  Taggy has participated on other observer missions such as the UK Elections in May 2015. That mission was aimed to provide a snap-shot assessment of the UK elections with the report provided to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK. The request from the Pacific Islands Forum for Taggy to be part of the mission is a reflection of her esteem across the region and we are very proud of her.  

 [END] 8 January 2016  

Rarotonga Water Tank Subsidy Project - Applications Closed

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) as the agency managing the Rarotonga Water Tank Subsidy Project would like to inform the general public that new applications for new water tank subsidies will no longer be received.

Project applications up until the end of November 2015 have exceeded initial expectations.

All project funds available to date have been fully committed to complete processing of over 800 applications already received.

Initially the project was to be completed by 31 December 2015. Instead, Cabinet has approved the extension of current activities to 30 June 2016 specifically to close off this project and allow more time to process existing applications including the implementation of already approved work with contractors.

Work is also required for at least one application inspection visit to determine subsidy eligibility criteria for applications received but which have not yet been approved. For approved applications one more inspection visit is required to confirm installation of water tank before payment of subsidy.

For more information refer to the MFEM website at  or contact the Project Coordinator Michelle Aisake at DCD Office on email or  call 29 521.


Sale by tender for Penrhyn diesel tanks

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management seeks suitable companies, groups or individuals to submit a tender for the Sale of Assets of 4 x 20,000 litre Diesel tanks previously situated on the Penrhyn wharf.

These tanks have been acquired by Government due to their recent replacement. They are in various states of repair and are sold as-is-where-is with no guarantees or claims made regarding suitability for any purpose. The tanks are currently being stored behind MFEM on Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) premises adjacent to the CCECC water Project Administration buildings. They can be viewed at any time by interested parties or by arrangement with the tender contact person.

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