Services grew out of the need of a
young woman born in the Cook Islands but not fortunate enough to have anyone to
tutor her in the land tenure system nor to teach her where her ancestral lands
were located. When she reached the age of wanting to learn, she did not have
the $200 plus per hour that the local solicitors require to research and secure
her land interests.
Services is available to Cook
Islanders, whether on shore or off shore, who require assistance in determining
just what their land holdings consist of, what rents the Department of Justice
may be holding, genealogical research, applications to the High Court (Lands
Division) for a variety of matters from successions to rights of occupation and
leases, right through the variety of matters that can be complex and confusing
for those without experience.
As Cook Islands
landowners sometimes join up with foreign investors to develop some of their
land holdings, Land Court Services assists
foreign nationals to locate compatible Cook Island partners with land to be
developed, and takes those foreign nationals through the consents necessary for
investment and residence under Cook Islands law.
On 01 April 2009 the Land Agents Registration Act came into force in the Cook Islands.