Germany recognised the Cook Islands as a self‑governing country in March 2001. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 11 September 2001. The German Embassy responsible for the Cook Islands is based in Wellington, New Zealand. In the country itself, Germany is represented by an honorary consul (based in Avarua). The Embassy of New Zealand represents the Cook Islands in Germany.
Germany supports the Cook Islands via the EU’s European Development Fund (EDF) and is also involved in technical cooperation micro‑projects in the Cook Islands’ school and vocational training sectors.
The scale of bilateral economic relations with Germany is low. According to Federal Statistical Office figures, Germany exported goods worth 950,000 euro to the Cook Islands in 2019 and imported goods worth 71,000 euro from the country. The Cook Islands’ main trading partners are New Zealand, Fiji, the United States, Australia and Japan.