Stronger links between New Zealand and the Cook Islands on social policy and services has been reached following the signing of a cooperation arrangement.
The move will see New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development offer a range of support to the Cook Islands Ministry Internal Affairs and Social Services over the next three years.
Some of the services offered include support for the development of policy on key issues including children and families, welfare services, older people, non-government organisations and labour.
The Chief Executive of New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development, Peter Hughes, says the arrangement offers benefits to both of organisations.
The Secretary of the Cook Islands Ministry, Tamari'i Tutangata, echoes that sentiment.
"We are very excited about it and really appreciate what Peter Hughes, the Chief Executive has done in coming to this agreement so quickly."
The Cook Islands Ministry Internal Affairs and Social Services, Tamari'i Tutangata.