Australian High Commission
Cook Islands

About Us

About Us

The Australian High Commission is a two person office consisting of the High Commissioner and a locally engaged Office Manager.

Head of Mission

On 17 March 2020, Dr Christopher Watkins became Australia's first resident High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.  

Dr Watkins is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has previously served overseas at the Australian Embassy in Iraq and at the Australian High Commission in Nigeria. In Canberra, he has served as senior analyst at the Office of National Assessments and as Acting Director of the Papua New Guinea Political Section. In 2015 he was deployed to Ghana as part of Australia's response to the Ebola crisis. In 2016 he was made an AILA International Fellow of the Washington based Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

Dr Watkins holds a Doctorate in Modern History and a Masters in Historical Research from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. He lives in Rarotonga with his partner Dr Penelope Witt and their daughter.

Trade Minister Patrick Arioka, High Commissioner Dr Christopher Watkins and family, Prime Minister Mark Brown

Contact Information

The Australian High Commission Rarotonga is co-located with the New Zealand High Commission Rarotonga. Our Office Manager is Ms Nina Webb. Please contact us by phone or email to make an appointment. The office will be open for appointments between 10am and 12pm Monday to Friday.

Phone | +682 73379 

Email | [email protected]

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Australian High Commission

1st floor Philatelic Bureau Building, Takuvaine Rd

Postal Address

Australian High Commission
PO Box 73