We promote niche Cook Islands products by setting up exhibition events.

As mandated the Trade & Marketing strategic priorities are – celebrate our economy & improve economic productivity.  This can be by exploring options to diversify and encourage business trade and promote new initiatives that target the supply of local products in country. Increased income streams for local business Increase the capacity of potential and existing businesses looking to trade Cook Islands products. 

Exhibitions and Events include:

Prime Foods Night Market

The Prime Foods Night Market is an event scheduled by Trade Marketing Division (TM) and Prime Foods Ltd as a PPP (private Public Partnership). This event has already seen a great number of interest from vendors and the local community overall. This event that has been created of a high quality which enables a higher patronage from the public.

BCI Trade Days

This annual Trade Days event scheduled during the Te Maeva Nui festival celebrations has become a key part of the Celebrations and is often looked upon as a major event like the float days. 

Trade Days has been organized with the intentions to create opportunities for trade within the Cook Islands by showcasing Cook Islands made, owned and produced products – food, arts and crafts, apparel and local services. 

The BCI Trade Day’s will highlight Cook Islands made, Cook Islands produced and Cook Islands owned products.

For this Year we have decided to schedule a 3 day event starting mid-week Wednesday 27th July to end on the 29th July after the float parade.

Vaka Eiva Trade Days

The Business Trade Investment Board in conjunction with Vaka Eiva will organize the Cook Islands Trade Day event over two days from 24th -25th November 2016.  This annual event will be organized at its usual venue; the Maire Nui Park opposite the Banana Court. This year’s Vaka Eiva Trade Days will focus on further promoting the recently launched brand ‘Kia Orana’ – Cook Islands Made depicting authentic arts and crafts and variety of food and beverages to be offered by vendors. 

Prime Foods Night Market : Punanga Nui Market, Thursday 5th May 2016 5pm - 9pm

"Prime Foods Night Market"  is a private public partnership with BTIB and Prime Foods a local wholesaler and retailer of quality food on Rarotonga. 

Previously known as the "Go Local Night Market"   launched by BTIB to encourage Cook Islanders and visitors to purchase locally produced products. This year BTIB have taken the approach to engage the support of local business in partnership with our local vendors. 

"Prime Foods"  has become  the exclusive sponsor towards this event for 3 years with the option to renew further.

"Prime Foods Night Market" is an iconic event  that provides opportunity for many of our visitors on our shores and our to indulge in local cuisine, authentic arts and crafts and experience true Cook Islands outdoor dining whilst in Rarotonga. 

BCI Trade Days: New Constitution Park Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th  July 9am - 2pm

This annual

Trade Days event scheduled during the Te Maeva Nui festival celebrations has become a key part of the Celebrations and is often looked upon as a major opportunity for domestic Trade.  

Trade Days will  be organized with the intentions to create opportunities for trade within the Cook Islands by showcasing Cook Islands made, owned and produced products – food, arts and crafts, apparel and local services. 

 Trade Day’s will highlight Cook Islands made, Cook Islands produced and Cook Islands owned products under our “Kia Orana Branding”.

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Cook Islands Trade Days 2011

Vaka Eiva Trade Days: November 24th - 25th  

Cook Islands Vaka Eiva is an annual event where paddlers from all over the world compete in outrigger canoe races. Vaka Eiva runs for a week during November at the Avarua waterfront - Trader Jacks. This event provides an opportunity to showcase Cook Islands Products to visitors, paddlers and consumers. Like Cook Islands Trade Days, Vaka Eiva Trade Days is a trade exhibition of Cook Islands authentic products where island food, crafts and cultural entertainment is experienced by many. Visitors and Paddlers experience real island products from Rarotonga and outer islands.

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Vaka Eiva Trade Days 2011

Private Sector events

We assist private sector groups set up exhibition-type events showcasing potential tradable products. Night Markets are popular events involving district communities around Rarotonga. Districts namely Te-Au-O-Tonga, Puaikura and Takitumu run regular night markets to amuse, entertain and sell goods to locals and visitors from around the world. 

One of the most popular night markets on Rarotonga is the Muri Night Markets. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening the Muri Night Markets have proven to be popular with the locals and many of the Tourist who visit Rarotonga. 


Our objectives with assisting private sector events are:

  • 1. To increase the sale of locally grown fruits, vegetables, root crops, plants and flowers through regular events.
  • 2. To increase the consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables by our tourists and our local people.
  • 3. To provide confidence to our growers and micro and small enterprises that these events will assist to sustain their livelihoods
  • 4. To provide a regular distribution channel for specialties, produce and root crops from the Pa enua including Atiu taro, Aitutaki yellow maniota, remu, Mitiaro limes and so forth. This will expand to specialties from the northern group at a later date.
  • 5.To provide a culture of business with Cook Islands entrepreneurs.
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BTIB Former CEO Terry Rangi and Hon. Minister Mark Brown provides districts with Night Market feather banners.

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BTIB Trade and Marketing Officer Manarii Etches presents Night Market feather banners to Ngaa Pureariki of Aitutaki.

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Reureu with daughter Hinano enjoys delicacies at the Winterfest Nightmarket.

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"Night Market" customers are entertainment by kids with a dance-off competition.