Cook Islands

Name of law: The Official Information Act First adopted: 2007 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a


The Cook Islands law did very poorly due to its lack of procedures, although this may to some extent reflect the fact that we were unable to find a local reviewer. However, our reviewer did search for supplementary regulations without success. The Cook Islands' Ombudsman also seems like a relatively weak institution, in that the office cannot impose binding solutions and it puts too much emphasis, on its website, on the need for complainants to exhaust all avenues of appeal within the appropriate department before approaching it. Other issues are an over broad regime of exceptions, limited scope inasmuch as the legislature and courts are excluded, several areas for improvement in the regime of exceptions and a weak promotional regime.