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Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014

Polynesia in Review: Issues and Events, 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 and Wallis and Futuna are not included in this issue. Cook Islands As the 49th year of Cook Islands "self-governing" in free association with New Zealand, the period under review has been characterized by a number of political ups and downs, culminating in a snap election with contested results and court action set to determine the outcome. The results highlight the need for reform to address the disparity of the value of a vote across the country. As 2014 is also the International Year of Small Islands Developing States, international and local attention is focused on the country's development partnerships as it prepares to celebrate its unique form of sovereignty in 2015. Other issues this year revolved around a rollout of tax reforms, marine resources, and the management of the climate change­related drought in the southern group islands. The Cook Islands continues to place priority on climate change and climate-related disaster risks, with a number of southern group islands "dealing with drought-like conditions after months without decent rainfall" (CIN, 16 Dec 2013). On Atiu, groundwater supplies were at critically low levels. These problems were further compounded with increased demands expected over the Christmas period and the drought conditions 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 2013 to 30 June 2014

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 27 (1) – Jun 5, 2015

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and Wallis and Futuna are not included in this issue. Cook Islands As the 49th year of Cook Islands "self-governing" in free association with New Zealand, the period under review has been characterized by a number of political ups and downs, culminating in a snap election with contested results and court action set to determine the outcome. The results highlight the need for reform to address the disparity of the value of a vote across the country. As 2014 is also the International Year of Small Islands Developing States, international and local attention is focused on the country's development partnerships as it prepares to celebrate its unique form of sovereignty in 2015. Other issues this year revolved around a rollout of tax reforms, marine resources, and the management of the climate change­related drought in the southern group islands. The Cook Islands continues to place priority on climate change and climate-related disaster risks, with a number of southern group islands "dealing with drought-like conditions after months without decent rainfall" (CIN, 16 Dec 2013). On Atiu, groundwater supplies were at critically low levels. These problems were further compounded with increased demands expected over the Christmas period and the drought conditions

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Published: Jun 5, 2015

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