Effective Monday 7th March 2022, due to staff capacity constraints and implementation of covid19 protocols, the Ministry of Justice will be reducing the Rarotonga office hours of when its service counters are open to the public to 10am to 2pm, unless by appointment. Members of the public are encouraged to call ahead on (682) 29410 or email to schedule an appointment. Make an Appointment
This change will only impact services provided over the counter; court schedules will continue to operate as normal.
The Public is hereby advised that the High Court (Land Division) will sit at the Court House, Aitutaki on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th July 2022 at 9am to hear and determine the following applications listed hereunder.
Te akakiteia atu nei ki te katoatoa e ka raveia te Akavaanga Teitei (Tuanga Enua) ki roto i te Are Akavaanga Nui o Aitutaki a te Monite ra 11 ki te Ruirua ra 12 no Tiurai 2022 i te ora iva (9am) i te popongi no te akarongo e te kimi atu i teia au oroanga i raro nei.
MONDAY 11TH JULY 2022 @ 9AM
660/22 – BH for Miri Clements
Puariki 8, Arutanga
11/22 – BH – Rakitu Jnr Rae
Taua 122, Avanui
94/21 – Tekeu Emil Framhein
Putakeo 9, Vaipae
95/21 – Tekeu Emil Framhein
Putakeo 9, Vaipae
01/22 – Maaiti Brothers and direct descendants
Declaratory Order and Occupation Right
Putakeo 9, Vaipae
02/22 – Esther Terevano and direct descendants
Putakeo 9, Vaipae
03/22 – Ngatokorua Tuara and direct descendants
Putakeo 9, Vaipae
04/22 – Taria Pureariki Taria and direct descendants
Putakeo 9, Vaipae
05/22 – Jessica Tumutoa and direct descendants
The Main Electoral Rolls for Rarotonga and Te Pa Enua for the 2022 General Elections.
The Public is hereby advised that the High Court (Land Division) will sit at Court House, Rarotonga on Monday 4th to Friday 8th of July and Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th July 2022 at 9am to hear and determine the following applications listed hereunder.
Te akakiteia atu nei ki te katoatoa e ka raveia te Akavaanga Teitei (Tuanga Enua) ki roto I te Are Akavaanga i Rarotonga nei i te Monite ra 4 ki te Varaire ra 8 no Tiurai e te Ruitoru ra 13 ki te Paraparau ra 14 Tiurai 2022 i te ora iva (9am) i te popongi no te akarongo e te kimi atu i teia au oroanga i raro nei.
MONDAY 4TH JULY 2022 AT 9AM
256/22 – Tutiatia Lesley Tupa-Nicholas and Desmond Edward Nicholas
Adopt Leddie Tuiileila
Plt 10/17 – BH for Maryanne Brown vs Attorney General
Statement of Claim
Pokoinu 107H, Avarua
251/21 - Pacific Villas Limited
Taiinu 2B1B2, Ngatangiia
598/22 – George Angene and Ngatamaiti Angene and direct descendants
House Site 172, Avarua
617/22 – Parakoti @ Patrick Parakoti
Ngakamakura 101B2B, Avarua
517/16 – Theresa Samuel
Te Vaimapia 19, Kaingavai 49C2A, Takitumu
578/22 – Outrigger Limited
Orongotapere 13A, Matavera
347/22 – Anthony David Reeves
Maurua 20C, Takitumu
Ait 102/22 – Etu Moana Beach Villas Limited
Kamuu 69, Anaunga.
Mau 1/21 – Jean Tekura Chapman Mason vs Mauke Island Council and Attorney General
Mariri 9D2, Mauke
421/21 – Simon Snowball vs Cook Islands Noni Management Limited
Kaingavai, 49C2A, Takitumu
137/22 – Simon Snowball
Kaingavai 49C2A, Takitumu
422/21 – Tuaine Manuela vs Enua Pakitoa
Uruau 77B2, Avarua
15/22 -Vainetutai Tiati Vaevaepare vs Junior Vaevaepare
Interim Injunction against Junior Vaevaetaeroi Vaevaepare
Te Onetea 12C, Matavera
MONDAY 4TH JULY 2022 AT 1PM
25th May 2022
Ministry of Justice Training Workshop – Northern Group
Last week the Ministry of Justice conducted a three day training workshop in the Northern Group on the islands of Pukapuka, Manihiki, and Penrhyn.
The six person team that conducted the training included Her Worship Tangi Taoro (Senior Justice of the Peace), His Worship John Whitta (Deputy Senior Justice of the Peace), Kopu Matua-Atuatika (Registrar of the High Court), Therese Matara (Deputy Registrar – Criminal & Civil Court), MaCherie Mani (Deputy Registrar – Land Court), and Mitchell Tutangata (IT Manager).
The training was primarily offered to current and incoming Justices of the Peace on the islands of Pukapuka, Nassau, Manihiki, Rakahanga, and Penrhyn, but also included the police and members of the island governments. Unfortunately, not all participants from Nassau were able to attend due to fuel shortages.
Ministry of Justice Secretary Tamatoa Jonassen stated “I am grateful we were able to offer this training after being delayed twice due to covid travel restrictions. We will be making sure that those from Nassau who missed out on the training receive the training materials.”
Picture 1: Workshop participants in Pukapuka
With the assistance of the Pacific Justice Sector Programme (PJSP), the Cook Islands Ministry of Justice has last week launched a new Case Tracking System (CTS) to improve management of its court cases.
Picture (Left to Right): Tamatoa Jonassen (Secretary), Kopu Matua-Atuatika (Registrar), MaCherie Mani (Deputy Registrar – Land Court), Alisha Rangi (Civil & Criminal Court Clerk), Teapaiariki Tearaitoa (Baliff & Court Orderly), Mitchell Tutangata (IT Manager).
The new system replaces an outdated system that relied primarily on a patchwork of excel spreadsheets and antiquated applications.
Implementing CTS provides for greater efficiency and enhanced accuracy to manage court cases from their inception until they are properly adjudicated. Furthermore, documents can now be uploaded in the centralized CTS system to allow the Cook Islands Judiciary to easily and securely access from anywhere in the world. With the implementation of CTS, the Ministry of Justice has modernized its court case management, which will also allow for greater reporting, tracking, analysis, monitoring, and scheduling of court cases.
13th April 2022
Company Re-Registration Period Completed
The Ministry of Justice would like to thank those who took the opportunity to re-register their companies by the 31st March 2022 deadline.
When the Companies Act 2017 was commenced and the Online Registry was launched on 10th December 2019, companies were given a full year to re-register their companies online. Over 880 companies were able to re-register by 10th December 2020. However, despite the public awareness efforts of the Ministry of Justice during that time, a number of companies did not meet that year long deadline and the Ministry understood that the global impact of Covid19 were just being felt during that period.
Parliament passed an amendment to the Companies Act in late 2021 to assist those businesses who did not meet the 2020 deadline which effectively extended that deadline until 31st March 2022. Due to that effort, over 170 companies were able to re-register onto the Online Registry in 2022.
Information on registered companies can be viewed on the Online Registry at https://registry.justice.gov.ck. Registering a new company, or filing annual returns or any other company filings are also done through the Online Registry.
31st December 2021
Court Seals Updated
Effective 1st January 2022 the Cook Islands High Court and Court of Appeal will be using new court seals.
Secretary of Justice, Tamatoa Jonassen, stated "pursuant to the Judicature Act the Minister of Justice, Honourable Mac Mokoroa has authorized the use of new court seals to replace the
The new court seals will now use the Cook Islands coat of arms instead of the New Zealand coat of arms within the stamped impression of the court seal. "Our Judiciary is supportive of this change, and it is about time our court seals were updated," says Mr. Jonassen.
Please be advised that due to ongoing Bridge Construction near the Ministry of Justice, the entrances onto the premises may be impacted over the next eight months.
Effective immediately, the Tupapa-side entrance will now be used for exit only.
Furthermore, parking under the MOJ building will only be for MOJ staff, the Judiciary & Designated Stakeholders beginning October 11th.
The public is reminded not to block access ways around the building.
Ministry of Justice | Tango Tutara o te Ture
Government of the Cook Islands
The public is hereby advised, due to current COVID-19 circumstances, the Ministry of Justice will be limiting its services to the general public commencing Wednesday 25th March 2020.
High Courts Division:
All court hearings, other than criminal court hearings, will be rescheduled for a date after June 2020. Criminal court hearings involving arrests will continue, but under strict social distancing protocols. Meetings of Assembled Owners (MOAOs) and Lease Approval Tribunal hearings will be suspended until after June 2020. Research into court records (e.g. land, traditional titles) will be suspended until further notice.
Registry Services Division:
All births, deaths, and marriage registrations and applications, as well as companies, incorporated societies and Personal Properties Security inquires may be done via email correspondence or phone calls, to assist with social distancing. Should physical certificates be required, these must first be arranged with Registry Services staff before pickup is scheduled. Under the circumstances, please anticipate longer processing times.
Land Administration Division:
Land Trust payments will continue, but with reduced capacity and applications processed by phone and email. Please anticipate significant delays in processing all applications and outward payments.
Survey will also continue with reduced capacity and counter services will no longer be available. Inquiries will be attended to by phone or email.
Please continue to monitor our Ministry of Justice website for any updates, including information on doing online payments. We are asking for your cooperation and understanding during this time of crisis.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.
For further information or inquiries please contact the following staff:
High Courts Division
|Land: Ma’Cherie Mani||56203|
|Civil and Criminal: Therese Tutai||55360|
|Registrar of High Courts: Kopu Matua-Atuatika||52299|
Registry Services Division
|Births, Deaths and Marriages: Helen Williams||76559|
|Companies, Incorporated Societies, Personal Property Securities: Ruta Areai||81139|
|Registrar - Registry Services: Rimmel Poila-Mokoroa||58748|
Land Administration Division
| Land Trust, Land Titles:
| Survey: Bruce Manuela
| Registrar - Land Administration:
|Inquiries: Ministry of Justice - General Inquiries||29410|