The Cook Islands' defence and foreign affairs are the responsibility of New Zealand, but they are exercised in consultation with the Cook Islands. In recent times, the Cook Islands have adopted an increasingly independent foreign policy. Although Cook Islanders are citizens of New Zealand, they have the status of Cook Islands nationals, which is not given to other New Zealand citizens.
The Cook Islands' main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga (10,572 in 2011), where there is an international airport. There is a larger population of Cook Islanders in New Zealand, particularly the North Island. In the 2006 census, 58,008 self-identified as being of ethnic Cook Islands Māori descent.
Islands Business is a "multimedia publishing company" established in the 1970s in Suva, Fiji.
ABC Radio describes it as an "influential regional publication".
With correspondents throughout Oceania, it describes itself as the "premier publishing group in the Pacific Islands region", with fourteen outlets in digital and video media as well as printed magazines. The latter include current affairs and business magazines, in-flight magazines for three of the region's airlines, including Cathay Pacific, and four special-interest industry publications. These are "distributed throughout the Pacific islands as also in Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, Southeast Asia and Japan".