The newly appointed New Zealand defence attachÃ© to the Pacific has confirmed the country's ongoing commitment to defend and support the Cook Islands.
Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Brown held discussions with deputy prime minister, Tom Marsters, and other officials in Rarotonga last week.
Colonel Brown is based in Wellington and as New Zealand's defence advisor for the Pacific he deals with the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa and Niue.
Members of the New Zealand Police have also recently been involved in talks Cook Islands leaders.
Topics of discussion included New Zealand's ongoing commitment to its close relationship with Cook Islands police - in a support, assistance and training capacity.