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Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 Niue, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Wallis and Futuna are not included in this issue. Cook Islands Continued political maneuvering, public budget mismanagement, and population decline dominated public discourse in the Cook Islands from July 2009 to June 2010. By June 2009, Cook Islands population had diminished to an estimated 13,200 (CIN, 4 Dec 2009), with around 70 percent of people living on the main island of Rarotonga. During the year, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key led a sixty-eight-member delegation to the Cook Islands that included two ministers, nine members of Parliament, three mayors, several business industry representatives, a hip-hop band, and sixteen media representatives (CIN, 9 July 2009). While in Rarotonga, Prime Minister Key announced a NZ$1 million subsidy for the Air New Zealand flight from Los Angeles to Rarotonga (CIN, 10 July 2009). (nz$1 is the equivalent of approximately US$0.73.) Key also confirmed his country's commitment to provide aid for the Pacific, although he expressed "a desire to change the emphasis from poverty alleviation to economic development" (CIN, 8 July 2009). The 2008­2009 New Zealand budget included a total aid package of around nz$10 million for the Cook Islands, with AusAID provid- ing nz$1.7 million. Since http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 23 (1) – Mar 26, 2011

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Niue, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Wallis and Futuna are not included in this issue. Cook Islands Continued political maneuvering, public budget mismanagement, and population decline dominated public discourse in the Cook Islands from July 2009 to June 2010. By June 2009, Cook Islands population had diminished to an estimated 13,200 (CIN, 4 Dec 2009), with around 70 percent of people living on the main island of Rarotonga. During the year, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key led a sixty-eight-member delegation to the Cook Islands that included two ministers, nine members of Parliament, three mayors, several business industry representatives, a hip-hop band, and sixteen media representatives (CIN, 9 July 2009). While in Rarotonga, Prime Minister Key announced a NZ$1 million subsidy for the Air New Zealand flight from Los Angeles to Rarotonga (CIN, 10 July 2009). (nz$1 is the equivalent of approximately US$0.73.) Key also confirmed his country's commitment to provide aid for the Pacific, although he expressed "a desire to change the emphasis from poverty alleviation to economic development" (CIN, 8 July 2009). The 2008­2009 New Zealand budget included a total aid package of around nz$10 million for the Cook Islands, with AusAID provid- ing nz$1.7 million. Since

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Published: Mar 26, 2011

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