Elections in the Cook Islands

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Elections in the Cook Islands gives information on election and election results in the Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands elects a legislature on a national level. The Parliament of the Cook Islands has 24 members, elected for a four-year term in single-seat constituencies. The Cook Islands has a two-party system, which means that there are two dominant political parties and it is extremely difficult for any other party achieve electoral success.

An election was held on 26 September 2006, after the opposition Cook Islands Party won a by-election in Matevera, leaving the government without a majority. The result was a close victory for the Democratic Party. An election was held on 9 July 2014, which resulted in a 5-seat majority for the Cook Islands Party.[1] The next election was held in 2018.

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 9 July 2014 Cook Islands election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Cook Islands Party 3,498 41.81 12
Democratic Party 3,909 46.72 10
One Cook Islands 790 9.44 2
Titikaveka Oire 96 1.15 0
Independents 73 0.87 0
Total counted 8,366 99.23 24
Invalid/blank votes 65 0.77
Total 8,431 100.00 24
Registered voters/turnout 10,394 81.11
Source: Ministry of Finance and Economic Management

Past elections[edit]


Below is a list of recent by-elections:

Election Date Reason Winner
1965 Te-Ao-O-Tonga by-election July 1965 Resignation of Marguerite Story Albert Henry (CIP)
1965 Mauke by-election November 1967 Tupui Henry (CIP)
1994 Ivirua by-election December 1994 Jim Marurai (CIP)
1999 Pukapuka-Nassau by-election 29 September 1999 Invalidation of election results None
2000 Pukapuka-Nassau by-election 28 September 2000 Invalidation of 1999 Pukapuka-Nassau by-election. Tiaki Wuatai (NAP)
2002 Penrhyn by-election June 2002 Disqualification of Tepure Tapaitau Wilkie Rasmussen (CIP)
2003 Rua’au by-election 14 August 2003 Death of Maria Heather Geoffrey Heather (DP)
2003 Arutanga by-election 20 November 2003 Resignation of Teina Bishop Teina Bishop (Independent)
2005 Manihiki by-election 8 February 2005 Resignation of Robert Woonton Henry Puna (CIP)
2006 Teenui-Mapumai by-election 8 June 2006 Retirement of Upoko Simpson Norman George (Independent)
2006 Matavera by-election 19 July 2006 Conviction of Vaevae Pare for fraud Kiriau Turepu (CIP)
2006 Akaoa by-election 29 November 2006 Previous election produced tied result Teariki Heather (CIP)
2007 Titikaveka by-election 7 February 2007 Election of Robert Wigmore declared invalid Robert Wigmore (DP)
2009 Tamarua by-election 3 February 2009 Death of Mii Parima Pukeiti Pukeiti (CIP)
2011 Pukapuka by-election 7 June 2011 Election of Tekii Lazaro declared invalid Tekii Lazaro (CIP)
2012 Titikaveka by-election 21 June 2012 Death of Robert Wigmore Selina Napa (DP)
2013 Tamarua by-election 29 January 2013 Death of Pukeiti Pukeiti Tetangi Matapo (DP)
2013 Murienua by-election 19 September 2013 Resignation of Tom Marsters Kaota Tuariki (CIP)
2014 Murienua by-election 19 February 2014 Resignation of Kaota Tuariki James Beer (DP)
2014 Mitiaro by-election 11 November 2014 Draw in the 2014 general election Results not counted due to court order.
2015 Vaipae-Tautu by-election 31 March 2015 2014 election result voided Moana Ioane (CIP)
2016 Arutanga-Reureu-Nikaupara by-election 13 October 2016 Teina Bishop convicted of corruption Pumati Israela (OCI)
2019 Ivirua by-election 21 January 2019 Death of Tony Armstrong Agnes Armstrong
2019 Tengatangi-Areora-Ngatiarua by-election 18 March 2019 Defection of Te-Hani Brown from the Democratic Party Te-Hani Brown


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cooks parliament dissolved for July election". Radio New Zealand International. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2014-04-17.