Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced educators/individuals for these tutor positions:

  • Electrical tutor
  • Carpentry tutor (night deliveries)

Continuing Education tutor:

  • Kia Orana Customer Services 

To deliver NZQA National Certificate/Diploma programs to Level 3 and/or 4, based on Rarotonga:

Applicants are required to have a specialist diploma or degree, an adult teaching certificate or a willingness to pursue further study and some tutoring experience.  Positions are either full or part time, hours of work vary as classes may run in the evenings and may involve pa enua travel.

Contact Director CITTI, Akaiti Maoate on (682) 57204 or 21471 for further information.  Applications close 15th May 2022. Application form with JD are available for download below Send application form with CV and 3 references to: Recruitment, PO Box 97, Cook Islands; email: vacancy@education.gov.ck


Application Form Program Tutor                                        JD Tutor (Programs)

Salary – Contract Tutors

NOTE: For those applying from outside the Cook Islands, please be aware that you must meet the current border entry requirements in order to be able to travel to the Cook Islands.  These currently require vaccination against COVID-19, subject to certain limited exemptions for Cook Islanders, Cook Islands Permanent Residents, and permit holders.  Visit www.covid19.gov.ck for further clarification and information.


Applications are invited from qualified, experienced, and motivated principals with the relevant qualifications, vision and proven leadership for the position of principal of Palmerston Island Lucky School to start in January 2023.

Applications close on Friday 24th June 2022 at 3.00pm. Application packs are available from the Palmerston Island Administration and completed forms with CV and references should be sent to:

Executive Officer
Palmerston Island Administration
Palmerston Island
Cook Islands
Ph (682) 37620 or email:  palmerstonoffice@gmail.com


Frequently Asked Questions

Our schools continue to follow and promote all the public health measures in place.  The wearing of face masks, regular hand washing, sanitizing, distancing, and learning that takes place outside of the classroom are fast becoming our new learning norms.  Our schools, students and teachers are advocates of our response to COVID-19 and making sure everyone in our schools is safe and happy.

Despite the good work of our schools and their communities we know some of our students, their families and our teachers are being impacted by COVID-19.  In light of recent cases, the information below will help to support any COVID-19 queries you may have, and what you need to know should your child return a positive result for COVID-19 or be a household contact.

Please note that this information is subject to change.  We will be following the advice and requirements set out by Te Marae Ora at all times and will keep our families updated if there are any changes.  We thank you for your understanding and ongoing support.

Why are schools still safe places for students and staff to be?

The public health measures that are keeping us safe in the community are also keeping us safe at school – including mask wearing, distancing and increased hygiene measures such as regular handwashing and surface cleaning.

Continuity of learning reduces stress on family, students can engage with friends, peers, and their teachers.  Schools also provide another network of support for students and staff.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

  • Quarantine if you are a household contact of a positive COVID-19 case
  • Isolation keeps someone with confirmed COVID-19 away from the general public

Who do we advise if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

Please contact the principal of your child’s school as soon as possible after you have been notified of a positive test result.

 My child has tested positive for COVID-19.  What does this mean?

This will mean that your child will need to isolate for 7 days.  All members of the household will be considered household contacts and will need to quarantine during this time.  During this time school will provide home-based learning for during your child’s isolation period.

My child is a household contact.  What does this mean?

What will happen if my child is required to undergo a rapid antigen test at school?

All schools have registered COVID-19 Health & Safety Officers on staff, who have been trained to conduct rapid antigen testing.  In school tests will only be conducted if your child is showing symptoms of COVID-19.  If the school needs to test your child, then they will contact you immediately seeking your support and consent and will notify you of the result immediately after, and any further action required.

If the result returns positive, then the school will require your child to return home immediately to isolate.  The school will then notify Te Marae Ora and the Ministry of Education of the result.

Should you not want your child to be tested at school, alternatively you can take them to the nearest health clinic or testing station for a rapid antigen test.

What actions does the school take when there is a positive case associated with the school?

Our priority is ensuring our schools are open and open safely.  If there is a positive case associated with a school then the school will continue to follow the advice and guidance of Te Marae Ora, which includes:

  • Continuing to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Unwell students and staff to always remain home
  • Increased focus and attention on all public health measures – Mask wearing, distancing, well ventilated classrooms and learning spaces, thorough cleaning of classrooms, shared spaces, and equipment.

During this time, schools will need to inform their school communities if classes are impacted.  These classes do not need to be tested unless students or teachers and staff are showing flu like symptoms.

Parents and families who wish to have their children tested during this time, especially if they are associated with positive case, may do so with support from the school.

Will Te Marae Ora require any details from schools to assist with contact tracing?

The focus is now on household contacts, so Te Marae Ora will only engage with the Ministry of Education and individual schools if there are gaps in data.  The kind of information most commonly requested to support contact tracing efforts would include:

  • Class and timetable information
  • Attendance records for staff and students
  • School schedule information, confirmation of events, meetings etc.
  • Confirmation of birthdates when there may be different names used.

When is it safe for my child to return to school?

Your child may return safely back to school once formally released from either quarantine or isolation by Te Marae Ora.  When returning back to school please ensure a copy of the quarantine or isolation order has been shared with the school to account for your child’s absence.

 What additional things can families do to prepare for Omicron and to keep themselves safe?

  • If feeling unwell always stay home.
  • Utilize the 24/7 COVID-19 Health Line (0800 1 888), or call 20065/66 for any health questions and phone consultations. If an emergency, always call 999.
  • Get to know your nearest health clinic (Nikao, Tupapa, Matavera, Titikaveka, Black rock, Pa Enua hospitals). Make sure you know their location and contact numbers.
  • Optimize your personal health – Regular fitness and activity, ensuring sufficient supply of home medication (paracetamol, liquid options for children, inhalers etc.).
  • Preparing for Omicron is also like preparing for natural disasters. Keep a good stock of supplies at home (food, water, medication, first aid).  Everyone at home be given a role during an emergency/ isolation, even our children.  Have a Plan B – when your Puna is unable to assist, who will be your close contact when needing help?


For more details on the COVID-19 Cook Islands Response, visit Cook Islands Government COVID-19 website

The Education Facilities Public Health Guidelines and Framework is a guide for education facilities in the Cook Islands to manage the impact of COVID-19 in their school communities and ensure all public health measures are being considered.

No single strategy completely reduces risk and not every measure will always be feasible to implement to the fullest extent possible in some educational settings or locations.  Where some controls are addressed at a minimal level, others should be enhanced.

Key Considerations:

  1. Education sector takes lead from Te Marae Ora and the National Disaster Risk Management Council.
  2. An Education Facility means – an early childhood education provider, primary or secondary school, a tertiary institution, a vocational training provider.
  3. Compulsory enrolment and attendance in the Cook Islands remain in place for all children from 5 years old, to the end of the year in which a child turns 16 years (Education Act 2012, Part 4, s23).
  4. A specified frontline worker includes anyone who carries out work at an education facility (including as a teacher, school staff member or volunteer) and who may have contact with students.
  5. High-risk premises, as defined by the COVID-19 (Public Health Measures) Regulations 2021, do NOT include education facilities (schools or providers). However, an enclosed school hall, if 100 or more children are expected to be inside the hall is considered a high-risk premise.
  6. Education facilities are NOT considered to be gatherings as being in groups is part of our ordinary operations at an education facility. However, if education facilities are holding events and gatherings that are likely to exceed 100 people than an exemption from Te Marae Ora is required.  When in groups it is strongly recommended that public health measures are followed, including physical distancing, sanitizing and wearing of masks.
  7. Face masks (face covering) ARE required to be worn indoors at an education facility at any level of response, as advised by Te Marae Ora, by all persons 18 years and older. Face masks may be lowered when indoors if presenting to an audience, class or group and at least 1 metre physical distancing can be observed between the presenter and the audience.
  8. Masks for students younger than 18 years old are strongly encouraged to be worn while at an education facility. If there are students who do not wish to wear masks or find it difficult to wear a mask while at school, that is OK, however, schools are supporting any student who wants to wear a mask.
  9. Education facilities require all visitors to where face masks. In this guideline, a ‘visitor’ means any member of the public, external to the education facility, staff and students, and includes parents/caregivers and any member of the public (including partner agencies, government ministries, NGO’s, community groups)
  10. Face masks are to be worn when using a public transport service, including a school bus.
  11. Education facilities are encouraged to work closely with their respective Puna and/or Island Governments and establish contacts with relevant personnel.
  12. In any instance, education facilities will follow the general public health measures, as detailed in the Cook Islands COVID-19 Safe Framework. These stages are:

Stage 1: General Public Health Measures:

  • Vaccination – Strongly encourage people to get vaccinated.
  • Face Masks – Required on public transport including school buses, passenger transfers, and aircraft.
    – Required for workers (staff across all education facilities included) in close proximity businesses.
    – Required at some high-risk facilities (refer below).
    – Wearing face masks is encouraged when in any public place.
  • High-risk facilities (indoor) – No additional restrictions if facility only allows vaccinated visitors (checks vaccine passes).
    – Noting that education facilities are NOT high-risk premises, as defined by the COVID-19 (Public Health Measures) Regulations 2021. If facility allows unvaccinated visitors (doesn’t check vaccine certificates or passes of those visiting the school), they must
    impose a 100-person maximum capacity, 1 metre physical distancing, face masks are required to be worn.
  • Cook Safe Contact Tracing – Certain facilities must provide Cook Safe tag in stations /
    sign in books, and take steps to ensure their visitors are tagging in.

– Tagging in encouraged at all businesses and facilities.

  • COVID-19 Health and Safety Officers – All businesses and government agencies will be required to appoint a COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer.
  • If Symptomatic – COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer administer Rapid Antigen Test at accommodation or workplace.

– If positive, must isolate and call 20066 or 20065, or the local Puna Health Clinic
– Undertake PCR NPS.

Stage 2:  Public Health Response:

  • Five (5) to ten (10) confirmed cases admitted and requiring hospitalisation with two (2)
    confirmed cases on ventilators. At this point Te Marae Ora will assess whether a Public Health Emergency is required to be declared. Acceptance of referred patients to New Zealand will also need to be factored in.
  • Resourcing will be monitored.
  • Community situation will be monitored.
  • Potential area or national lockdowns.

Stage 3:  State of Emergency:

  • Over ten confirmed cases admitted and requiring hospitalisation with over two (2)
    confirmed cases on ventilators. At this point TMO will assess whether an emergency is
    required to be declared. Acceptance of referred patients to New Zealand will also need to be factored in.
  • Te Marae Ora can no longer control the situation with evidence of growing numbers of
    confirmed cases.
  • Te Marae Ora to advise Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) who will call the
    National Disaster Risk Management Council (NDRMC) and a decision will be made to advise Prime Minister on a State of Emergency being declared.
  • Resourcing will be monitored.
  • Community situation will be monitored.
  • Potential area or national lockdowns.


Frequently Asked Questions for Schools and Families

For more information on the Framework and Public Health Measures , schools, providers and our extended school communities can find more detailed information below


Ministry of Education invites tenders for the supply of ICT Equipment.

Prospective tenderers must register their interest to participate in this RFT process on the Cook Islands E-Government Procurement portal at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/adbprocurementnetwork/aspx/Home

Document can be uplifted from the Ministry of Education office in Nikao, downloaded from MOE website: www.education.gov.ck  or Cook Islands Procurement Portal.

Responses to this Request for Tenders (RFT) must be as described in the RFT Document, Tender Specifications section.

RFT submission will close @ 4.00pm Friday 07 January 2022 and must be either submitted electronically to  E-Government Procurement portal  or via  hard copy that needs to be  placed in the Tender Box located at the Ministry of Education Office at Nikao, Rarotonga, clearly exhibiting the following on the envelope:

To:         Ministry of Education
Postal Address:    P O Box 97, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Titled:            Ministry of Education 2022 ICT Equipment Tender
RFT#:              CK212209

Questions relating to this RFT should be directed to Sanjinita Sunish by email to: financedirector@education.gov.ck


Quotes are invited for the supply of acoustic alpha pin board. Document can be uplifted from the Ministry of Education office in Nikao, downloaded from MOE website: www.education.gov.ck or contact the following personnel:

Finance Director, Ms Sanjinita Sunish on phone 29357 or email financedirector@education.gov.ck or Accountant, Mrs Reureu Tearetoa on phone 29357 or email accountant@education.gov.ck

Quote submission will close @ 4.00pm Thursday 06 January 2022
Quote should be submitted either in a sealed envelope or emailed to financedirector@education.gov.ck
MOE Apii Nikao Sound Proofing
Ministry of Education, PO Box 97
Rarotonga, Cook Islands



The Government of the Cook Islands, through the Ministry of Education, is now seeking “Expressions of Interest” for Scholarship awards from suitably qualified Cook Islanders and Permanent Residents residing in the Cook Islands.

Domestic Scholarships:

  1. Full Scholarship – This type of scholarship is intended for school leavers including students who are already studying part time and wish to fast track their degree by studying full time.
    • Applicants must have achieved University Entrance and must be able to commit to full-time study
  1. Study Grant – This grant is suitable for those in the workforce who have a good study record and can make a reasonable time commitment to further study.
    • Applicants who are already studying must have successfully completed at least 4 courses with at least a “B” grade average at an approved tertiary institute and the course of study should be pursued here in the Cook Islands even if the provider is located off-shore.

International Scholarships:

  1. Study Starter Pack – This support opportunity is a one off grant for school leavers and mature applicants wishing to travel to New Zealand for their first year of study.
    • Application selection will be based on meeting the scholarship eligibility criteria, primarily that of academic merit (i.e. achieving University Entrance with a 200 rank score)
  1. Full Scholarship (from second year of study onwards) – This type of scholarship is for students meeting the criteria of the Study Starter Pack and those studying privately. Students should submit application by the due date even if they haven’t received their semester 2 results.
    • Applicant selection will be based on meeting the scholarship eligibility criteria, primarily that of academic merit (i.e. have completed a minimum equivalent of one full academic year with at least a “B” grade average).
    • Priority consideration will be given to applicants with higher academic merit and tertiary programmes that compliment national priorities.

For further details please contact Scholarships Advisor, on Ph: 29357 ext 5042 or email scholarships@education.gov.ck.

Application forms must be received no later than 28th November 2021, either delivered to the Ministry of Education HQ in Nikao or emailed to email address above.


The Cook Islands have run a pilot programme across four schools on Global Citizenship Education.  The programme introduced our Year 7 – 10 students to the global Sustainable Development Goals and to Te Kaveinga Nui, the National Sustainable Development Plan (2016 – 2020) for the Cook Islands.  Next is to evaluate the programme by looking at where the outcomes are reflected in our own curriculum so the concepts of Global Citizenship Education can be integrated and sustained.

We hope you enjoy our short video, filmed on location at Araura College, Aitutaki.



moe-logoThe logo takes the educational symbol of a book to another level by using simple shapes to form the pages of a book, with the effect of pages turning. The pages are smaller at the bottom and grow larger in the foreground to represent the growth that occurs throughout the lifelong educational journey. Traditional Cook Island patterns have been incorporated into the symbol. ‘Ngaru’ has been used on the outer edge to represent strength and peace. ‘Manu Tai’ has been used to represent the islands coming together as one and a safe journey. ‘Ni’o Mango’ has been used to represent fearlessness and endurance. These three patterns combined help to show that The Ministry of Education arm their people with the tools and knowledge to navigate through life.
The triangular shapes around the edges complement the triangular shapes used in traditional Cook Island patterns.