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Bid to improve research policies and framework

Thursday July 13, 2017 Written by Published in Local

The University of the South Pacific (USP) hosted a workshop this week for government and ministry heads in a bid to improve research policies and framework to benefit Cook Islanders.


Charlene Hoff, the research secretariat for the Cook Islands research committee, spoke about how important the Cook Islands Research Policy and Framework Workshop is.

“(We’ve) said how can we strengthen our research here, in the Cook Islands? How can Cook Islanders benefit from the research done?” she said.

“A workshop like this has always been in the pipeline and since the research has been around for years, there was the idea to hold this.

“The purpose is to relay the research workshop framework, as well as look at objectives, of how it benefits us.”

The workshop was attended by executives from the government agencies, head of ministries, senior managers and non-government organisations (NGOs).

The workshop focused on four main areas of research, climate change, indigenous research ethics, Tivaivai framework and values and indigenous data sovereignty and protecting Cook Island data.

Presenting the research were Hoff, Dr Teina Rongo, Dr Debi Futter-Puati and University of Auckland’s Dr Polly Carr and Dr Andrew Sporle.

The presenters showed keen interest in the workshop, having approached the research committee to share their knowledge.

Climate change, a topical subject in the Cook Islands, was discussed in a general sense, due to vast range of the subject.

Hoff hopes that, because the research could be so important to Cook Islanders, the workshop will become a regular occurrence.

“We would like to make this an annual event, but that does come down to resources. This definitely won’t be the last.”