North & South - - Contributors -

Liv­ing in the Cook Is­lands can be a hard habit to break. Writer Rachel Smith re­cently moved back from New Zealand to Raro­tonga, where her writ­ing ca­reer be­gan in 2011 as a re­porter for the Cook Is­lands News. “It’s just a won­der­ful place to live and to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the South Pa­cific in an en­tirely dif­fer­ent way,” says Smith, a for­mer ra­di­a­tion ther­a­pist and Uni­ver­sity of Otago lecturer, who now com­bines free­lance, fic­tion and pol­icy writ­ing with fam­ily life at a re­laxed is­land pace. Much had changed when she re­turned home to Christchurch for a few years, af­ter nearly two decades away. “I found the city filled with di­verse cre­ativ­ity and peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing it a dy­namic place to live. Cata­rina Gu­tier­rez [see page 22] is one of these peo­ple and her thing is bikes – get­ting peo­ple back on their bikes.”

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