EIA Permit

An Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is a management tool used to identify the environmental, social and economic impacts of a project prior to decision making.

NES - Apps and Permits - EIA Permits

An Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Permit is the permission granted to an Applicant that is conducting an activity, project or development that is likely to cause significant environment impact. 

The EIA permit is to protect the environment by ensuring that the regulatory authority objectively considers all potential environment impacts and their mitigation measures. 

The EIA process provides an opportunity for all relevant stakeholders, including the public, to participate in the decision-making procedures of the proposed project. 

This is specified in Tier 3 of the Environmental Compliance Services;

  • Water Reticulation System instalment 
  • Stream Development – relating to rock revetments, gabions and diversion
  • All dredging 
  • Foreshore Development and Protection (Gabions, rock revetments and Groynes and Coastal Protection Units)
  • Filling of Wetlands
  • Excavation of sloping land 
  • Introduction of new species or biocontrol
  • Tourism and Commercial Development
  • Motu Development
  • Manufacturing Industries
  • Construction of an airport, airstrip or helicopter pad
  • Construction of a harbour, port, jetty, slipway, dock, wharf, pier or bridge
  • Mining
  • Construction of a dam, reservoir, artificial lake, hydro-electric scheme, or large-scale irrigation projects
  • Large-scale alternative energy production
  • Commercial logging or a saw milling operation
  • Reclamation of the sea, foreshore, streams or creeks
  • Waste management facilities, or treatment, including storage, disposal and transfers 
  • Trans-boundary movement of waste or pollution

This is the process for an EIA Permit:

Factsheet 5 (EIA Permit) --Process Map


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Permit Application

The National Environment Service (NES) hereby issues a public notice for the following EIA Permit Application,
as per requirement under Part 5 of the Environment Act 2003:

Applicant: Cook Islands Investment Corporation

Application:  Te Tau Papa O Avarua – Panama Beautification & Punanga Nui Re-Organization

Application#: 2022/076RAR

Purpose:  The project is part of the long-term strategic plan of the Avarua town plan.

                        The project seeks to embody structure and harmony, and embrace culture, social and environmental values as well as economic diversity within the Rarotonga central business district (CBD). The proposed work seeks to address the improvements required to public facilities, walk and cycle ways, recreational areas as well as the inefficiencies
that are apparent throughout the Punanga Nui market (PNM) area.

Any person(s), Government Agencies or Organisation(s) who wish to make a written submission for or against this EIA Permit Application, may do so within 30 days from Saturday 18th March 2023.
The written submissions can be in Cook Islands Maori or English.

All submissions must be sent to NES by no later than 4.00pm on Monday 17th April 2023.
Submissions can be delivered to our office in Tupapa or sent via email to nes@cookislands.gov.ck.

To download the relevant EIA documents click on the link below. 


1. Teokotai NooapiiMOH29110/54001teokotai.nooapii@cookislands.gov.vk
2. Paul MaoateICI20321/56363paulmaoate@gmail.com
3. Atatoa HermanPRIVATE22869/55534atamonaherman@gmail.com
4. Tenga EpiICI23077/76526tenga3498@gmail.com
5. Ben ParakotiTepu-Uri Consultants28078/77815ikurangi@avaikimail.com
6. Teariki-Taoiau RongoTui Te Matangi ltd22420/75176tiutematangi@yahoo.com
7. Chris ManuKDE Consult Ltd24475/52531cmanu@kdeconsultltd.com

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