Aitutaki Tourism Officer (Part-time)

Attention: The closing date for this job application has been extended for another week.

Join the dynamic hardworking team at Cook Islands Tourism Corporation! With the mandate to lead the nation in tourism, destination development and marketing, our team is looking for an energetic and passionate individual to make a difference and help cultivate continued success in this economic sector.

The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation invites applicants for the position of Aitutaki Tourism Officer (part time) to join the Destination Development division. The successful applicant will be required to provide and deliver efficient support to the Destination Aitutaki Coordinator and the Cook Islands Tourism office in Aitutaki.

Applicants must have previous experience in tourism, sales, marketing, hospitality, with sufficient knowledge of general office and administrative procedures, good knowledge of office software with a minimum 3 years’ work experience.  Must be able to work weekends and is flexible, outgoing and enjoys meeting new people and is willing to learn.  Remuneration will depend on applicant’s experience, and full training will be given.

The Aitutaki Tourism officer role (Part Time) is to assists with the arrival and departure experience at the Aitutaki airport. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to showcase the best of Aitutaki to visiting media and travel trade professionals.

Applications with a CV and references should be addressed to Destination Aitutaki Coordinator, Misepa Isamaela and emailed to [email protected]


Applications close 4pm, Wednesday 5th July 2017


Ka kite Christopher Bishop.

Christopher Bishop joined the tourism team in March of this year as the new Kia Orana ambassador. In the time he was with tourism, he assisted Nane and Lydia with hosting visiting travel agents as well as helping to organize their Kia Orana values presentations. Whilst working for Cook Islands Tourism he won the senior male dancer of the year competition through Te Mire Ura – a significant achievement clearly showing his passion for Cook Islands culture. He was always willing to help the team and provided considerable support in the Information Centre. Through his assistance in the information centre Chris learned a lot about the areas of interest for visitors and displayed the Meitaki value well through the principle of Utuutuanga (service and care). Chris has decided to pursue other commitments with his final day with the tourism family on Friday the 23rd of June. We would like to wish Chris all the best with his future endeavors and to express our gratitude for having him as part of the team.



Destination Development Officer, Maire McFadzien in China.

Maire McFadzien from our Cook Islands Tourism Corporation head office travelled alongside 3 other youth from the Cook Islands.  Along with Angelique Elisaia (from Ministry of Justice), Tui Tupa (from Ministry of Culture) and Rangi Piri (from Office of the Prime Minister) Maire participated at the 2017 programme for young leaders from Pacific Island countries in Guangdong Province, China. The program ran from the 8th – 26th of May 2017.

From L to R: Maire McFadzien, Angelique Elisaia, Tui Tupa & Rangi Piri

From L to R: Maire McFadzien, Angelique Elisaia, Tui Tupa & Rangi Piri

Maire said that, “the 3 weeks spent in China has definitely been an eye opener for us all as we have learnt so much about the history and culture of China, its economic and social development, including China’s political system.”

The participants were fortunate enough to visit many of China’s historical sites and also meet with government officials from the Guangdong province.  

A major highlight for Maire was the building of networks and the creation of life-long friendships with our pacific island brothers and sisters, including the “many memories gained which will be with us forever”.

A huge Meitaki Maata to the organisers and hosts of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and Foreign Affairs office of the people’s Government of Guangdong for this amazing opportunity.


An exciting new environmental initiative targeting visitors to the Cook Islands will be open to all tourist accommodators from July onwards. The Mana Tiaki – “Protect a Little Paradise” Programme provides visitors the opportunity to give something back to help maintain our country as the special place they have come to enjoy. From the mist-covered cloud forests with our unique birds and plants, to our turquoise lagoons full of tropical marine life, our ecosystems are feeling the impact of the ever increasing levels of tourism. Mana Tiaki provides visitors the option, through a voluntary donation, to support conservation projects that will benefit our natural environment. Research has shown that many tourists are aware of the impacts they have on the destinations they visit, and actually look for opportunities to “give back” to the environment they have come to enjoy.

Upon checkout, guests will be invited to participate in the programme. If they decide to make a donation to Mana Tiaki, the money will be channeled into projects within Te Ipukarea Society’s five focus areas. These are: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Ecologically Sustainable Development, Waste Management, and Youth.

Te Ipukarea Society will be inviting a number of accommodations that have check-out systems to participate in the Mana Tiaki launch night on July 8th. The launch night will include live music, food, drinks, and presentations on the Mana Tiaki programme, including the results from the four pilot accommodations that have been trialing the initiative since March this year.

Meitaki Maata to our awesome sponsors who have assisted us with this campaign: Cook Islands Tourism, Air Rarotonga, Koka Lagoon Cruises, Raro Reef Sub, Story Tellers and The Big Fish – dive centre.

If your accommodation is interested in participating, please call us at
Te Ipukarea Society on 21144 or email [email protected]