Last updated: 16/2/2024

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Women, Mother, Pregnant, Lactating women

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Paid maternity leave is a government funded entitlement paid to eligible working-women in the Cook Islands while they take leave from their job(s) to recover from giving birth to a baby.

References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Programme components
Cash transfer
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Start date
2013
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Coverage
70 (2023)
References
Cook Islands Government. 2023. Budget Estimates 2023/24 - Book 1. Appropriation Estimates and Commentary. Available at: https://www.cookislands.gov.ck/images/MFEM_Documents/Budget_Books/2023-24/2023-2027_Budget_Book_1_-_Estimates__DRAFTv.1.pdf. Accessed 10 October 2023.
Programme expenditure
NZD150,000
References
Cook Islands Government. 2023. Budget Estimates 2023/24 - Book 1. Appropriation Estimates and Commentary. Available at: https://www.cookislands.gov.ck/images/MFEM_Documents/Budget_Books/2023-24/2023-2027_Budget_Book_1_-_Estimates__DRAFTv.1.pdf. Accessed 10 October 2023.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Target groups
Pregnant women
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Eligibility criteria
(i) be pregnant; and (ii) be a Cook Islander or (iii) hold permanent resident status, or (iv) be the spouse or child of a Cook Islander or person who holds permanent resident status; (v) be a tax registered employee working in the Cook Islands as a full time or part time employee in the private sector at the time of birth
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Amount of benefits
NZD2,160 (2023)
References
Cook Islands Government. 2023. Budget Estimates 2023/24 - Book 1. Appropriation Estimates and Commentary. Available at: https://www.cookislands.gov.ck/images/MFEM_Documents/Budget_Books/2023-24/2023-2027_Budget_Book_1_-_Estimates__DRAFTv.1.pdf. Accessed 10 October 2023.
Benefit delivery mechanism
The benefit will be directly credited into employees' bank account by their employers.
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Benefit recipients
Pregnant women
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Maximum 6 weeks
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Government Funded Maternity Leave. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/government-funded-maternity-leave/, accessed on 09 Oct 2023.