Ko’ai matou – who we are
Kōutu Mana Tūtara o Te Ipukarea (OPM) is a Government agency with approximately 35 staff.
OPM supports the Prime Minister and Cabinet to ensure that the government of the day meets its obligations for sound governance of the Cook Islands. It is responsible for implementing sound processes and policy advice on the national sustainable development goals and the direction and governance of the Cook Islands.
Chief of staff, Ben Ponia, reports to the Public Service Commissioner and Hon Prime Minister Henry Puna. The COS is supported by ten directors:
Te Orama – Our vision
Tūranga tūkatau, ’akatere’anga tau ’ē te mātūtū
A well governed, resilient and secure Cook Islands
Te Akakoro’anga – Our mission
- To ensure that we deliver credible, responsive, impartial and ethical advice to our country, and the government has confidence in our service.
- To ensure the Public Sector is strong in its governance through effective policy development and innovation; and
- To be resilient and secure, we need to be forward-thinking, establish sustainable and secure practices and lead the nation to effective outcomes.
Au raveanga tei rauka mai – Strategic Outcomes & Strategies
The strategic outcomes are a reflection of the “Te Akakoro’anga” and directly connect to one or more of the six goals of the NSDP. To deliver on this OPM have developed two strategic outcomes: Good governance and National security and resilience.
Angaanga ki atu – Other roles and responsibilities
National Sustainable Development Agenda 2020+
The NSDA 2020+ established in 2020 was created to develop and coordinate the 2020+ national sustainable development
The membership of the 2020+ NSDA working group comprises representatives from the following six Sector groups and others
as deemed appropriate.
National Sustainable Development Commission (NSDC)
The National Sustainable Development Commission was established in 2008. The roles and responsibilities of the NSDC
Office of the Prime Minister, Chief of Staff Ben Ponia is the chair of NSDC, he is supported by the following members representing their respective agencies.
National Research Committee (NRC)
The Government of the Cook Islands is committed to generation of knowledge and expanding access to it on behalf of its people. It supports developments and strengthening of capacity and capability to do research in the Cook Islands and also recognises the importance of viable research activity as part of its national sustainable development.
Office of the Prime Minister, Chief of Staff Ben Ponia is the chair of the National Research Committee, he is supported by the following members representing their respective agencies.