Last updated in November 2018
Germany recognised the Cook Islands as a self-governing state in March 2001. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on 11 September 2001. The German ambassador in Wellington/New Zealand is also accredited to the Cook Islands. In the country itself, the Federal Republic of Germany is represented by an honorary consul (based in Avarua).
Technical cooperation measures are being conducted in the Cook Islands in the education and vocational training sector. The Cook Islands were involved in the Pacific German Regional Forestry Project, which until 2008 was jointly implemented in a number of Pacific states by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Bilateral trade with the Cook Islands is fairly insignificant and no statistics are kept.