Our Programmes & Services
With all the information, programmes and social services out there, knowing how to access them can be a barrier for you and your family. The Community Connector Service takes that fear away.
We want to see our young Cook Islands people accessing the opportunities and resources available to them. Ko’onga Mapu is about empowering our young people to take access and utilise those services.
Getting started in enterprise can be scary. The Enterprising Families Programme is FREE and takes the fear away from taking a leap of faith and starting that small family business.
Who We Are
We are the Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand, based in South Auckland, Mangere. Our mandate is to increase social and local economic development by supporting individuals and families to actively participate in initiatives that can generate financial wellness.
Our Mission: A Unified and Prosperous Cook Islands Community
CIDANZ is the acronym for the Cook Islands Development Agency of New Zealand. We are registered a Charitable Trust (#1114544) under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 (superseded by the Trusts Act 2019). The Trust is also registered with the Charities Commission under number CC45721 and has been since November 2010.
Originating from the establishment of the Cook Islands Ta'okatai'anga Charitable Trust (Auckland Region) in 2001, CIDANZ was established by a national mandate of the Cook Islands community, namely as a social, cultural and economic development agency to promote Cook Islands prosperity through unity (Ta'okatai'anga) in ways that improve our peoples contribution to New Zealand society, and fosters cooperation between other groups within New Zealand committed to promoting the interests, welfare and advancement of Cook Islanders living in New Zealand. As a national Cook Islands development agency, CIDANZ’s role is to facilitate our peoples’ access to the resources they need to self-determine their futures.
We are in the business of growing the human, cultural, social, environmental, physical, financial and political capitals of Cook Islands families, community, religious, sporting and cultural groups and organisations, enterprise and businesses that support their wellbeing. As a national umbrella agency, CIDANZ has a respected position among our groups and leaders across the regions of New Zealand that enables us to help connect and coordinate our individual and collective efforts under the Cook Islands Development Strategic Action Plan 2020-2030 (CIDSAP).