Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The Cook Islands Government, New Zealand and Australian Governments funded Waste Management and Sanitation Improvement (WMI) Programme has been the main programme for the Cook Islands in the sanitation sector since 2011. The three-year programme has funding of NZ$4.7 million from NZ/AusAid, and a commitment of additional related funding of NZ$585,000 from the Government of the Cook Islands. Running from 1 March 2011 until 30 June 2014, the programme has a number of outputs and outcomes aimed at establishing a platform for and initiating key work streams for delivery of ongoing improvements in sanitation.The main work areas and outcomes of the WMI Programme are:-Support to the establishment, resourcing and development of the WATSAN Unit, which has responsibility amongst other things for managing delivery of the WMI Programme.-Implementation of a pilot project in the Muri-Avana area of Rarotonga, to upgrade all domestic sanitation systems to comply with existing requirements under the Public Health Act and Regulations.

Implementation methodologies

The commitment/partnership has been achieved through the collaborative efforts and processes of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and Cook Islands Government through MFEM as the recipient agency and ICI as the implementing agency.The WATSAN unit of ICI has the responsibility for managing and implementing a range of projects and programmes in the areas of water, waste and sanitation throughout the Cook Islands. The Waste Management and Sanitation Improvement Programme (WMI) is one of the key programmes that relate to sanitation, funded by the New Zealand Aid and AusAid with donor administration provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in Rarotonga.Overall governance of the programme is provided by the respective donor and administrative organisations, the Secretary of ICI and other relevant government Ministries and organisations.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The commitment/partnership is governed through the collaborative partnership between the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) (through the donor harmonized programme of NZ and Australian official development assistance to the Cook Islands) and Cook Islands Government through Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) as the recipient agency and ICI as the implementing agency.ICI, as the implementing agency, is responsible for the WATSAN (Water, Waste and Sanitation) Unit.


Cook Islands Government New Zealand and Australian Governments through the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Donor Harmonised Programme of NZ and Australian Official Development Assistance to the Cook Islands 2008-12
High Level long term sanitation options assessment for the Cook Islands propsoing upgrades of onsite sanitation systems up to 1000 homes on Rarotonga and Aitutaki
2012 - ongoing
Implementation of Water Quality Monitoring programme with Ministry of Marine Resources for the pilot area
Commercial System Compliance - Review and assess 30+ commercial properties in the Muri/Avana pilot area
Residential Sanitation Systems Upgrade in Muri/Avana pilot area of Rarotonga - over 200 homes upgraded.
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
Cook Islands Government in kind contribution $585,000 in addition to provision of office space, furniture etc
Staff / Technical expertise
Procurement of essential technical/specialised staff to implement work activities under various workstreams
Financing (in USD)
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: June 30, 2014
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Tekao Herrmann,

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