2019 CIDANZ Annual General Meeting

CIDANZ is where it is today because our community challenges us. In the best ways we are pushed, we are criticised, we are lifted, and we are even moved to tears. 2019 marks our tenth year in the community. We’ve learned a lot and made a few mistakes along the way.

Over those years we’ve also had many hands on this Trust, working hard to take this organisation from cold bare floors to what it is today. We can never forget those vaka and enua leaders who came before, and who are still travelling along with us. With volunteers, great minds, dedication, support and faith in the work CIDANZ grew, securing contracts that bolstered staffing abilities and the work that we do. 

This year we sadly had to bid farewell to one of those great peoples, Lindsay Unuia. With his tenacity, ability to rally the community like no one else, and strong business focus, CIDANZ was able to launch a Pig Cooperative, ignite Island Night, host the very first Pacific Pink Shirt Day and many more! We miss him around here and continue to wish him and his young family well.

Many still ask us “what is the role of CIDANZ?” and many will still ask us. To that we say, our doors are open. Over the next few months we will work harder to communicate our work out to the community, to be more transparent, and to support the priorities of our Cook Islands people.

Na’au Night – A Summer Series



Na’au Night – A Summer Series is proudly sponsored by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP), and Pasifika Futures Ltd (PFL). Created by the cooperative enterprising spirit of local families, Na’au Night, pronounced ‘NAH-OH’ means “for you”, is about raising the bar of Pacific food and beverage. In the heart of South Auckland our communities are predominantly Pacific, but that doesn’t mean that we’re surrounded by Pacific food. Together we want to raise the bar of Pacific food by hosting an event that has local families selling cultural food created from authentic family recipes. From Takihi known to Niue, to Mitiore known to the Cook Islands, Na’au Night will entice your taste buds, and take you back to the islands.

Join us Friday 1st November at CIDANZ (287 Kikrbirde Road, Mangere) with a live pork spit, and Pacific food + beverages from Niue, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and many more! We will also have a crafts exhibition, and launch the Kia Orana Pasifika Gallery (KPG) – a gift shop filled with cultural arts and crafts. We are currently creating a community-owned online store for KPG at www.kiaoranapasifika.co.nz.

This event is open to all to enjoy. You can also become a stall holder or to be a part of our volunteer team! To do so, contact Tangee Kokaua on 021 116 9517 or email tangee@cidanz.co.nz.

We’ll see you there!

[NOW CLOSED] Job Vacancy: Business Growth & Investment Lead

At CIDANZ we care deeply about the families and communities we serve and about each other’s growth.  We work hard – because we know that our work changes lives and shapes communities.

We are looking for a Business Growth and Investment Lead to join our team! You will play a key strategic role, contributing a significant part in the business growth, relationships, new investment and the sustainability of financial performance of the organization.


Business Growth and Investment Lead

Main purpose of job

To grow the Trusts Business, Innovation & Enterprise priorities and the implementation of the 2020-2030 National Cook Islands Development Strategic Action Plan with a specialist focus on business and employment growth and inward investment

Main responsibilities

  1. Lead on all business support and growth activities
  2. Lead on business relationships and account management
  3. Lead on all inward investment activities

Key tasks

  1. Lead on all business relationships and engagement including account management and business support to ensure effective retention and growth of local businesses
  2. Lead all inward investment activities including managing inward investment enquiries, identifying and generating inward investment leads and coordinating the soft landing process for businesses supported by the Trust
  3. Build and maintain close relationships with national, regional and local property agents and investors to identify and convert inward investment leads into the Trust
  4. Work closely with the Team to promote the Trust as a partner for business investment
  5. Lead on business and sector intelligence gathering and analysis to identify cross- sector fertilisation opportunities leading to business retention, attraction and growth
  6. Liaise with key economic development and inward investment stakeholders including to ensure the Trust benefits from inward investment opportunities
  7. Identify and represent the Trust at relevant property and investment meetings and events to ensure local businesses and the Trust benefit from inward investment opportunities
  8. Support the Team with the implementation and delivery of the 2020-2030 Cook Islands Development Strategic Action Plan through the development of innovative projects focused on job creation, education, skills and business growth and attraction
  9. Identify funding opportunities and develop funding bids


Our behavior is guided by our Organizational Values:

[S] Sustainable, [P] Professional, [I] Integrity, [R] Regenerative. [I] Innovation, [T] Transformation


To apply for this position, please send your letter of interest along with your resume/CV and 2 professional references to: Elizabeth Fa’alili, Manager – Business Administration elizabeth@cidanz.co.nz For additional information about CIDANZ please visit www.cidanz.co.nz