Introducing our New Kia Orana Ambassador

The recent Kia Orana ambassador position left vacant by tourism icon Papatua Papatua has finally been filled. The search for the new Kia Orana Ambassador started at the end of January and with almost 30 applicants, choosing the right person proved to be a lengthy and difficult decision. The newly appointed Kia Orana Ambassador will be starting with the corporation this week. The team at Cook Islands Tourism Corporation welcomes Chris Bishop as the new Kia Orana Ambassador and to the tourism family. Chris brings customer service experience to the Corporation but in particular his cultural experience which will assist him on the Kia Orana visits.

Don’t forget to say Kia Orana to Chris if you see him around.


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]