Northern Group to see increased infrastructure investment

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta continued her tour of the Cook Islands with a visit to Manihiki in the Pa Enua where she confirmed $7.5 million will be allocated to upgrade the solar farms in the Northern Group.

The investment is part of the 2022-2025 international climate commitment and builds upon previous investments by the New Zealand Government in the Cook Islands to reduce emissions and reliance of fossil fuels.

“It will see renewable energy grids upgraded, support for maintenance, and provide financial stability for technology and electricity supplies,” says Mahuta.

During the visit to Manihiki, Mahuta reaffirmed Aotearoa New Zealand’s support in upgrading the Manihiki Airport allowing better access, cheaper fares, and increased connectivity between the islands. This will be supported through $40 million invested earlier in the year in the Cook Islands Infrastructure Trust Fund.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a proud history of supporting the Cook Islands priorities and sustainable development ambitions. Today’s announcement is about working together to navigate our future challenges and opportunities,” Nanaia Mahuta said.