Reasons to Invest in the Cook Islands

  • A Government which welcomes and encourages local and foreign investment
  • Attractive Life-style in a relaxed and safe environment
  • Developed infrastructure for business, quality housing for expatriate staff and good health and education services
  • No Foreign Exchange Controls
  • Freedom to repatriate capital and profits
  • No Wealth Tax
  • No Gift Tax
  • No Property Tax
  • No Capital Gains Tax
  • No Death Duty Tax
  • Income Tax (company)  20% for residents, 28% for non residents
  • Value added Tax - 15%
  • Withholding Tax – Foreign pay-outs - 15%
    • (On interest, dividend, and royalty)
  • Sophisticated telecommunication links with the rest of the world and almost daily air services to New Zealand, Australia and the USA
17,791 (2011 est)

Tourism Visitor Arrivals
120,000 (2014)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
NZD334.8 Million (2010)

GDP per capita 
NZD14,188 (2010)

Statutory Minimum Wage
NZ$6.25 / hour

Imported products are zero rated.

Except for the following:
  • 1. Tobacco
  • 2. Alcohol
  • 3. Petroleum
  • 4. Seasonal Produce
  • 5. Vehicles (exemptions may be granted on application)

  • Trading Banks
    • ANZ
    • Westpac Banking Corporation
    • Bank of theCook Islands (BCI)

  • Airlines: International Daily
    • International Flights to NZ: Australia, Honolulu, Los Angeles on code-share services provided by Air New Zealand, Pacific Blue, & Tahiti Airlines.
    • Domestic: Air Rarotonga flies daily to the Southern Group, and twice weekly to the Northern Group

  • Shipping:
    • International: Monthly Break-bulk and containerised Shipping except Auckland, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga.
    • Domestic: Scheduled Weekly Services to Southern and Northern Group Islands

  • Languages

    English, Cook Islands Maori

  • Pristine & Unspoiled Environment, No Dangerous Animals, No Poisonous Insects, No Lethal Viruses.

  • Fast approval process