Report

Opportunities to improve vanilla value chains for small Pacific Island countries

This report focusses on the vanilla sector in the Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa. The research highlights how the vanilla sector is being developed in these Pacific Island countries and the linkages that are being established to regional and/or international markets.
Report

Initial assessment of a new coral bleaching event at Tongareva Atoll in the Northern Cook Islands

This report covers the first assessment of a recent coral bleaching event at Tongareva, the largest and most remote atoll in the Cook Islands, in January 2019 and explores what can be done to mitigate the risks of climate change for there.
Evaluation

Final report on the evaluation of the Tereora College redevelopment project

In 2015 the New Zealand (NZ) government gifted $11.7 million to the Cook Islands for Stage 1 of the redevelopment of a national college in celebration of the Cook Islands 50 years of self-governance in free association with New Zealand. This report evaluates the first...
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Creating the Cook Islands Marine Park: great commitments, great vision

This brochure highlights the Cook Islands vision and commitment to ocean conservation and management by the establishment of the Cook Islands Marine Park and their close partnership with Conservation International. The Cook Islands Marine Park is currently the largest commitments to the Pacific Oceanscape, an...
Report

Palliative care in the Pacific: initial research

Oxfam New Zealand’s Advocacy and Campaigns Director, Joanna Spratt, finds there is scarce literature on palliative care in Pacific island countries and territories, but the documented disease profile shows a need for expanded palliative care as well as more funding; leadership; support training, coaching and...
Evaluation

Cook Islands Core Sector Support (CSS) evaluation

This report covers an evaluation of Core Sector Support (CSS) between New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and the Cook Islands Government (CIG). The driving focus of the report is to allow the Cook Islands Government to take ownership of the Cook...
Article

Low-cost electricity proposed for Polynesian countries in the Pacific

Solar-powered batteries are the key to a future without electricity grids for Polynesian countries in the Pacific.
Article

Rethinking the Cook Islands’ free association agreement with NZ: Part 1

The free association arrangement between New Zealand and the Cook Islands is a pivotal force behind the movement of Cook Islanders between the two countries. Part of the Cooks’ way of life is understanding and leveraging the different opportunities that exist across the Cook Islands...
Article

Rethinking the Cook Islands’ free association agreement with NZ: Part 2

This is part two of a two-part paper, written by Evelyn in her capacity as a consultant on international development issues. The paper began as a panel discussion on sovereignty movements in the Pacific Islands at the Jahrestagung des Pazifik-Netzwerks, and introduces the free association...
Journal article

New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Free Association

This paper introduces the Cook Islands and New Zealand Free Association agreement and provides background to the historical and contemporary political relationships between New Zealand and the Cook Islands.