Pacific reset Continues

Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown was in Wellington this week speaking and attending a meeting on the Pacific Rest by the New Zealand Government. The Cook Islands is bordering on becoming a developed country but minister Brown said it’s still dependent on New Zealand aid.

At this meeting Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Winston Peters announced $714 million over four years in Official Development Assistance as part of the May Budget and explained what the reset means for international NGOs.

Mr Brown, said the standard of living in the Cook Islands was vastly different from one island to the next and relationships with New Zealand and Australia were crucial even as economic growth improves in the Cook Islands.

“The geopolitical landscape within the Pacific region has changed significantly in recent years. Alliances are being formed, partnerships are being tested and relationships are changing.”

Minister Brown met with the Cook Islands delegation including Dr. Kiki Maoate, Caren Rangi, Elizabeth Koteka-Wright and Karopaerangi Ngatoko from the Cook Islands High Commission in New Zealand. (photos courtesy of Lisa Williams -Lahari)