Last updated: 16/2/2024

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Elderly persons, Persons with disabilities, Poor households

Programme Details

Programme objectives

This support is to help vulnerable Cook Islands Welfare beneficiaries with power bill costs.

References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Power Subsidy. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/power-subsidy-2/, accessed on 7/17/2023.
Start date
2009
References
Personal communication.
Coverage
319 (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
NZD109,255 (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.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Power Subsidy. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/power-subsidy-2/, accessed on 7/17/2023.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Power Subsidy. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/power-subsidy-2/, accessed on 7/17/2023.
Target groups
Cook Island Pensioner, Destitute or Infirm beneficiary living with family members where the total income for the whole household is less than $15,000 per annum.
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Power Subsidy. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/power-subsidy-2/, accessed on 7/17/2023.
Eligibility criteria
(i) Cook Islands Pensioner, Destitute and Infirm Beneficiaries living alone and have a monthly income of $700 or less. (ii) More than 2 Cook Islands pensioners living in the same household with a total income of $1,400 or less per month – (Only one pensioner will receive the subsidy) (iii) Cook Island Pensioner, Destitute or Infirm beneficiary living with family members where the total income for the whole household is less than $15,000 per annum.
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Power Subsidy. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/power-subsidy-2/, accessed on 7/17/2023.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Subsidy
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Power Subsidy. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/power-subsidy-2/, accessed on 7/17/2023.
Amount of benefits
A payment of $66 will be paid every quarterly – directly to Te Aponga Uira for Rarotonga residents and to beneficiaries BCI account for Pa Enua residents.
References
The Ministry of Internal Affairs: Power Subsidy. 2023. Available online at https://www.intaff.gov.ck/power-subsidy-2/, accessed on 7/17/2023.
Payment/delivery frequency
Quarterly.
References
Personal communication.
Benefit delivery mechanism
In Rarotonga, the benefit is paid to the beneficiary’s power account . In the outer islands, payment is made to the beneficiary’s own bank account due to the difference in payment systems: power suppliers in the outer islands cannot be paid directly
References
Personal communication.
Benefit recipients
Beneficiaries themselves.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Until the beneficiary is deceased or removed from one of the recognised/selected welfare programmes.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
No system currently in place.
References
Personal communication.