Tereni ‘akamarama’anga no te ta anga’anga i te matakeinanga Avarua, kia rauka te turanga matutu e te nakiri te au anga’anga ka raveia. 

Facilitating thoroughly sustainable, resilient land use and community development for Avarua Township.  

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Te Tau Papa o Avarua Phase 1 Project (TTPAP1), is an Avarua Town Plan of infrastructure and landscaping activities that will be carried out in Rarotonga’s main central business district (CBD). The project area lies between Avarua Wharf and the Rarotonga Airport. Project implementation will be managed by a project management team at the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) with key stakeholders and the public. The anticipated timeframe for completion is up to 18 months. The project initiatives include Avarua Township, the Punanga Nui Market (PNM) and Panama Reserve sites and propose to: 

  • Greatly improve walkway, lighting, pedestrian accessibility and safety
  • Enrich the landscape with a variety of local flora to create a colour-filled aesthetic charm
  • Entice and promote greater use of public spaces and facilities 
  • Redevelop existing public toilet facilities for a more comfortable end-user experience
  • Restructure and future-proof the PNM to open up greater potential for maintainable economic growth; and
  • Ultimately, support and help facilitate “Improved health and wellbeing” for all. 


The funding for this project is under the New Zealand Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF). The overall cost has grown since the estimated $5,750,000 New Zealand Dollar (NZD). This is due to increasing material costs as well as new inclusions that have been identified from having better recognition of the development and capacity required. Through consideration of key preliminary consultations, internal reviews and re-reviews, working and reworking of the concept design approach and relative cost packaging options, the budget proposed is now $7,600,000 (NZD). This budget was approved by the ITF steering committee in November 2022. 


CIIC Headquarters & CIIC AMCI Office

Next to Prestige Furnishing
Phone: +682 29391

Punanga Nui Market Office

Ara Tapu
Phone: +682 28370

TTPA Project Management Unit

Next to Prestige Furnishing
Phone: +682 29391
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