The recipients of the PR ceremony held on Rarotonga last week. 22121106
Fourteen remaining recipients of permanent residency (PR) have be awarded their PR certificates during a ceremony to be held at the VIP lounge of the Rarotonga International Airport.
Last week’s ceremony marked the completion of PR awards for
this year, with most of the recipients receiving their certificates during the
ceremony held in July at the National Auditorium.
During the ceremony, each recipient was invited to receive
their certificates as per the Immigration Act 2021 after reciting the Oath of
Allegiance to the Cook Islands in the presence of His Excellency, Sir Tom
Marsters, King's Representative.
The recipients had been unable to attend the July ceremony
as they had been temporarily out of country at the time for medical, work or
The criteria for those applying in their own right and as spouses
of Cook Islanders and permanent residents included having lived continuously in
the Cook Islands for at least five years or more for New Zealand citizens, and
ten years or more for all other nationals.
“We are pleased to be able to deliver this ceremony at the
convenience of the King's Representative and congratulate the recipients on
receiving their award,” said Principal Immigration Officer, Kairangi Samuela.
Included in the ceremony was the awarding of two honorary permanent
residents nominated by Minister of Health, the Hon. Rose Toki-Brown.
Honorary permanent residency awards recognise the
contributions made by recipients to the Cook Islands, and is a special honour
that acknowledges that recipients do not live in the Cook Islands and would not
qualify under normal PR criteria.
Thirty-six individuals have received the Cook Islands
Honorary Permanent Resident award, most for their contributions in the health
Of the 14 recipients of PR that were awarded last week, nine
hold passports for New Zealand, two hold passports for Australia, and one
person holds a passport for Germany.
As provided for by the Immigration Act 2021, applications
for PR are considered every three years, with the next round of invitations
open in 2025.
The Immigration Act 2021 provides for a maximum number of
500 holders of PR at any given time, and an unlimited number for spouses of