CIDSAP NZ – Tuku Te Manako: Invitation to ‘Have Your Say’ in structuring our journey forward

We are approaching the final updates to be added into the 2020-2030 National Cook Islands Development Strategic Action Plan New Zealand (CIDSAP NZ).

We will be finalising all feedback and comments by Friday 15 May 2020. If you have not put in your thoughts, now is the opportunity to do so before the close date. Click HERE to download the full CIDSAP NZ document, and email your thoughts to Henry Herman, Chairman at

We look forward to receiving your collective thoughts.

COVID-19 – CIDANZ Update

With Covid-19 news spreading, we are conscious that there is so much information out there. The World Health Organization has been keeping us all updated with the spread of the virus and what we can do to keep ourselves safe. Here are a few Q&A’s from their website:

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What do I do to protect myself and prevent the spread?

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
    Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
    Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.

For updates in New Zealand, visit the NZ Government Website HERE.

Office Closing & Opening Dates – Merry Christmas & Happy New Years!

What a year! We’ve been so busy that just the thought of our office closing for the year makes us a little sad, but also relieved.

Please be advised that our office has now closed for the year and will re-open on Monday 25 January, 2019. From our CIDANZ family to yours, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe New Years.

Thank you all for a wonderful year!

We Are Hiring: Children & Youth Development Worker

We’re looking for an culturally sound, experienced and energized youth development worker to join our team. If you are passionate about supporting young people to build leadership, confidence, resilience, well being and entrepreneurship, and would like to work with a small team, we want to hear from you.

The position aims to work with the strengths young people offer, we focus on their ability in the following 3 areas:

• Their ability to build a strong youth voice in their local community
• The development of their own special style of leadership in their local community
• Their creative abilities to explore opportunities for local social entrepreneurship as an option for sustainable development

You will be working 20 hours per week (for first 6 months, with the option to go full time early new year) working from Monday to Thursday on a rotating AM/PM shift pattern. AM shift is 10:00am to 3:30pm, PM shift is 3:30pm to 9:00pm in order to be available to young people at critical time.

We aim to provide innovative and culturally appropriate development services in the community to young people aged between 8 and 15. We believe in the importance of family, community, connection and relationships – and in the ability of young people to shape their own futures.

 Our Team

You’ll be reporting to the Chief Executive and working in a team of family and community development workers.

You will have:

  • a certificate in youth development work, experience in peer support, or another NZQA equivalent level 4 or above and or a tertiary qualification
  • understanding of care and experience working with young people.
  • a current full driver’s licence
  • hold a current New Zealand first aid certificate or be prepared to obtain one.

The Benefits

In this role, you can look forward to flexible work arrangements, a great team around you every day working in an organisation that believes in its’ purpose to Unite and Prosper families and communities. Be part of a supportive work environment where life balance is encouraged, people are valued and new innovative solutions are the norm!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Thursday 4th October 2018, Midday

**All new appointees into the Organisation require background checking. Under the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014, new employees that are identified as coming under this act are required to undergo further safety checks as part of the recruitment process.

Please send a CV and Cover Letter to

‘Island Night’ – Stall Holders Welcome!

Summer is just around the corner! So if you are looking for another fundraising alternative for your Family, Church Group, Sports Team or Community Group? Come and join us at the Island Night.

The ‘Island Night’ is all about coming together and enjoying a Friday evening with Good Food, Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts and much more!

If you would like to be a part of this evening then we want to hear from you! Contact Lindsay Unuia at or on 0275256149.