Cook Islands

Report

30 Jun 2017

Third in a series of papers on the role of Sovereign Funds (SFs) in the Pacific Islands, this report suggests a 'reference portfolio' approach as a benchmark governance choice for Pacific Island funds

Report

30 Jun 2017

This report summarises the research that has been undertaken on Sovereign Funds in the Pacific and draws out key findings, lessons and opportunities for funds to move closer to “best practice”.

Thesis

11 Jun 2017

Vanilla was first introduced to French Polynesia in 1848 and from 1899-1966 was a major export for French Polynesia who then produced an average of 158 tonnes of cured Vanilla tahitensis beans annually. In 1967, vanilla production declined rapidly to a low of 0.6 tonnes...

Report

9 Nov 2016

Sovereign Funds (SFs) are often the largest single asset owner and investor in the Pacific Islands, and the income stream from these funds can also be a large part of fiscal revenues.

Thesis

25 Oct 2016

This practice-led research project offers a notion of the Mangaian cybernetic continuum as a way to discuss the intersection of digital and physical environments in my media arts practice. I take a position drawn from the Mangaian understanding that the 'material body' has an 'immaterial...

Research report

8 Jun 2016

The Pacific is home to some of the countries most at risk from the effects of climate change. It is now also home to countries that are leading the world in reducing their fossil fuel consumption and shifting to renewable sources of electricity generation.

Thesis

1 Jan 2016

Introduction: The importance of health research in addressing equity, health outcomes and development is recognised by world leaders and yet there is a lack of research outputs from low to middle income countries, such as those in the Pacific Islands, where the burden of disease...

Thesis

1 Jan 2016

The architecture of the Cook Islands’ coral churches has entangled indigenous and foreign beliefs, social practice and place-making since their instigation by the London Missionary Society in the 1840s. As well as examining the historical significance of their formation, this thesis explores Rarotonga’s churches, now...

Thesis

1 Jan 2016

Cook Islands Māori is an endangered East Polynesian language closely related to but distinct from Tahitian and New Zealand Māori. This project focusses specifically on the varieties of Cook Islands Māori originating from, and spoken in, the Southern Group of the Cook Islands, that is,...

Report

1 Dec 2015

This evaluation assessed the quality of New Zealand’s aid delivery, the results of its programme of assistance, and suggested ways New Zealand could better support the Cook Islands.

Thesis

26 Nov 2015

At self-government in free association with New Zealand on 4 August 1965, the Cook Islands adopted the Westminster Parliamentary Democratic system of government. Alongside these modern systems were the traditional family-based Ariki (chiefly) system that was recognised in the Constitution, and by an act of...

Research report

5 Mar 2015

This evaluation finds New Zealand's tourism support programme to align closely with the tourism sector priorities of the Cook Islands government and industry.

Research report

1 Feb 2015

This evaluation concludes that if New Zealand government funding was not available, without a commensurate increase in budget from Cook Island Government or other sources, current activities could not be sustained or progress to achieve desired outcomes maintained.

Thesis

1 Jan 2014

This thesis looks at chiefly Polynesian leadership in the 21st century. Since 2006, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands and Aotearoa have each experienced the loss of prominent chiefly leaders. In each of the cases, new leaders have risen to take the places of the recently...

Thesis

19 Jun 2013

This interdisciplinary ethnography seeks to make a contribution to the practice of a centuries-old social custom, 'tamariki 'āngai' or 'informal island adoption,' as practised by the Mangaian Cook Islanders. Tamariki 'āngai refers to both the tradition of nurturing or 'feeding' children and the fostered children...

Thesis

1 Jan 2013

This thesis focuses on the influence transnationalism has upon the health of Cook Islanders. Central to this enquiry is the relationship between Cook Islanders’ population mobility and the unequal burden of diseases such as TB and type 2 diabetes. The research explores the contextual and...

Thesis

1 Jan 2013

This thesis produces a survey of Anglophone Cook Islands literature and from it, recognises some key Cook Islands literary aesthetics. The rationale for this thesis rests on the considerable contributions Cook Islands writers have made to the wider Pacific literary field during the formative years...

Thesis

1 Jan 2013

Although most young people engage in positive life activities and become healthy adults, some become involved in risky behaviours. This has long been a concern for families, health professionals, policy makers and academics. Despite considerable research and the construction of a range of theories and...

Thesis

14 Dec 2012

Throughout the Pacific, many species of echinoderms and molluscs have cultural value and are harvested extensively in subsistence fisheries. Many of these species are sedentary and often associated with distinct reef-top habitats. Despite the significance of reef habitats and their fauna for fisheries and biodiversity...

Evaluation

29 Mar 2012

This evaluation measures progress to date towards the achievement of the goals of the Cook Islands Education Master Plan 2008-2023, to inform future planning and decision making. The focus of the evaluation is on outcomes identified by the Ministry of Education, the Department of...