Public Health Law Reform 2020

We are reforming our public health laws to develop a Public Health Act that better protects our community from pandemics and other health risks.

About the public health law reform

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health is reforming our public health laws. This will involve replacing the Public Health Act 2004 with a new Act, better able to respond to the needs of Cook Islanders now and for many decades into the future.

Since late 2019, we have been working with stakeholders and experts at the World Health Organization to review existing laws and develop proposals for reform. A Bill for the new Public Health Act is planned to be introduced to Parliament in March 2021, to take effect later in the year.

important documents and consultation process

  1. Policy paper about the public health law reform
  2. Summary of the current Act and proposed changes
  3. Flyer on the public health law reform
  4. Questions and Answers
  5. Consultation presentation

Over the next 3 weeks, we will be undertaking widespread consultations in November to ensure our stakeholders and the public get to have their say on the reforms. 

There are several ways you can get involved.

Join the consultation sessions (via Zoom), contact

Comment using the consultation questionnaire.

Contact Phone: 29664 Email:

Public Consultation Sessions

We will be holding public consultations on the following days:

Thursday 19 November 11am-12.30pm [Deferred]

Friday 20 November 3pm-4.30pm

If you are not familiar with using zoom, you can listen in to presentation at the:

ESR room at the public health office in Tupapa

EOC room at the administration building at Rarotonga Hospital

Confirm your attendance or request for the Zoom link: contact or call 29110.

Hard copies of the documents can be found at the health administration building in Tupapa.

Written submissions on the Public Health Act can also be emailed to: