Prime Minister Mark Brown and New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta during the signing of the statement of partnership on Thursday, October 13, 2022. Picture: CALEB FOTHERINGHAM/22101314
The ties between the Cook Islands and New Zealand are stronger than ever, Prime Minister Mark Brown and New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta say.
The pair were at a
special event in Rarotonga yesterday, where they signed the statement of
called “Waka Hourua/Vaka Purua” commits to working together on issues of shared
interests and importance, recognising both countries’ special links, and
elevating the relationship to a new level of cooperation.
“The signing of
the statement of partnership reflects the next step,” Mahuta said.
“The mana of the
Cook Islands has matured over a long period of time. While we share common
values on a range of things, we also understand there are things that make us
unique. What follows from this respect is trust.
“It provides a bit
of a roadmap as to how we might go in this next period.”
Mahuta said as the
world moves on from Covid-19, there needs to be an increased focus on climate
“Leadership in the
region will be so sorely needed,” she said.
PM Brown said “we
may be two countries, but we are one people”.
relationship that all Cook Islanders value,” he said.
At the press
conference, Mahuta said New Zealand has a close and enduring relationship with
the Cook Islands that went beyond the “government to government”.
“It’s going to be
really important to navigate as we bring our focus towards the Pacific.”
announced a further $5 million pandemic support for the region.