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, New Zealand and further afield. This two-part paper, written by Evelyn in her capacity as a consultant on international development issues, introduces the free association agreement that has existed between the Cook Islands and New Zealand since 1964, and provides background to the historical and contemporary political relationships between the two nations. It also discusses the different concepts of citizenship and independence, and how these relate to the Cook Islands’ transnational population. Continue →

Q&A | Jessica Rose on reclaiming Auckland’s streets, with Lady Gang

Jessica Rose is a New Zealand Green Party member serving on her local board in the electorate of Albert-Eden. She is a self-professed woman of many hats – a transport planner at Wairaka Land Company, specialising in sustainable multi-modal transit, and a bike advocate with Bike Auckland. Evelyn caught up with Jessica to talk about her passion for making Auckland a better place for everyone, and her membership in the all-female cycling group Lady Gang. Continue →