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  History of the Cook Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Named after Captain Cook, who sighted them in 1770, the Cook Islands became a British protectorate in 1888.
The Cook Islands has fifteen islands in the group spread over a vast area in the South Pacific.
The majority of islands are low coral atolls in Northern Group, with Rarotonga, a volcanic island in the Southern Group, as the main administration and government centre.
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 Cook Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand.
Defense is the responsibility of New Zealand, in consultation with the Cook Islands and at its request.
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 Cook Islands History Guide
The ancient Cook Island Maoris believed in ancestral gods and the community was held together by the ruling chief or ariki and the priest or ta'unga both of which were hereditary titles, usually passing through the male lineage.
In 1888, the ariki on Rarotonga pronounced the islands a British protectorate on hearing the French were voyaging to claim the islands from themselves.
For 14 years, the islands were administered from New Zealand and in 1901 the Cooks finally became annexed to New Zealand and the power of the ariki was removed.
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 Cook Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Cook Islands - CIA World Factbook - You will find information on the flag, the climate, the currency, the history, etc. of the Cook Islands.
Cook Islands - There is information on the location, climate, major languages, religions, and more.
Cook Islands - There is information on the flag, geography, people, government, and economy of the Cook Islands.
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 Cook Islands -> History on Encyclopedia.com 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
James Cook sighted some of the islands in 1773; others were not discovered until the 1820s.
The Cook Islands achieved internal self-government in 1965 and are free to unilaterally declare their complete independence.
An economic crisis in the mid-1990s led to outmigration and a significant drop in the islands population.
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 Cook Islands Country Guide - History and Government - World Travel Guide Provided By Columbus Travel Publishing
History: The islands were named after Captain James Cook, who became the first European to sight them in 1733.
The main island, Rarotonga, was rediscovered by the Bounty Mutineers in 1789.
The House of Ariki, which is composed of all the paramount chiefs of the Cook Islands, serves as an advisory body.
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 History of Cook Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The archipelago was discovered by Captain Cook in 1777, and in 1823 became the scene of the remarkable missionary labours of John Williams, of the London Missionary Society.
Cook Islands is fully responsible for internal affairs.
Like many other South Pacific island nations, the Cook Islands' economic development is hindered by the isolation of the country from foreign markets, the limited size of domestic markets, lack of natural resources, periodic devastation from natural disasters, and inadequate infrastructure.
www.historyofnations.net /oceania/cookislands.html   (381 words)

 Cook Islands - Cook Island Escapes - Cook Island Honeymoons and Cook Island Weddings. Cook Island Luxury Resorts. Cook ...
Island traditions are on display during Cultural Festival Week (second week of February), featuring tivaevae quilt competitions and arts and crafts displays; and Island Dance Festival Week (third week of April), with dance displays and competitions culminating in the crowning of male and female Dancers of the Year.
Avarua, the capital of the Cook Islands and Rarotonga's main town, lies in the middle of the northern coast.
The Cook Islands Cultural Village, on Arorangi's back road, is a great experience: you'll learn more about traditional Cook Islands culture in one day here than you probably will for the rest of your stay.
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 Cook Islands Accommodation & Travel Information, Jasons Travel Channel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Rarotonga, part of the Southern Group of islands, is the vibrant heart of the Cook Island nation.
The Cook Islands are renowned for the warmth and friendliness of their people; the absence of city bustle ensures a relaxed pace of life.
Area: The 15 islands of the Cook Island group lie in the centre of the Polynesian triangle, east of Tonga and the Samoas and west of Tahiti.
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 Cook Islands History - Rarotonga Maoris immigrate to New Zealand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The written history of the Cook Islands began with the Spaniards: first when Puka Puka was sighted by Alvaro de Mendana in 1595 and then when another Spanish explorer, Pedro Quiros, landed on Rakahanga in 1606.
The name "Cook Islands" was given to the group by the Russians in honor of the great English navigator when it appeared for the first time on a Russian naval chart in the early 1800s.
After a period of being claimed alternately by the French and British, the Cook Islands was formally annexed by New Zealand on October 7, 1900 when a deed of cession was signed by five ariki and seven lesser chiefs without any debate or examination of its ramifications or implications.
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 Cook Islands Travel Guide, History- Cook.Islands-Pictures.com
The Cook Islands were first inhabited by seafaring Polynesians that came from both east and west.
The Islands were first named the Cook Islands by a Russian Cartographer in 1824 in honour of the explorer, and the name stuck.
After the outer islands were raided by Peruvian slavers in the mid-1800s and Tahiti and the Society Islands were subjected to an armed takeover by France, the Cook Island chiefs unsuccessfully requested Britain for protection.
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 *Cook Islands Centenary* - 11 June 1901 to 11 June 2001.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Every other island group in the South Pacific was either under French, German or British control and yet New Zealand's desire, as expressed by successive administrations over many years to be a major colonial power in the region came down to Rarotonga and its adjacent islands as virtually their last resort.
In the absence of Hervey Islands the Russians included the name "Archipel de Isles de Cook" as reference to the "Cook Islands Archipelago." It was therefore the Czar's Court in Russia who first named these islands in honour of James Cook and recognised that to be the case as early as 1834.
It was their view the Cook Islands should remain independent as they were, whereby the Church, in conjunction with the various Ariki would rule and control all aspects of local Government, Civil Administration and ultimately the day to day lives of the people concerned.
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 Cook Islands General Information
The Cook Island Maori (native) is Polynesian as are the natives of New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii.
The Cook Islands have their own very interesting currencies and coins (only exchangeable in the Cooks) which are interchangeable with the New Zealand dollar.
The southern Cooks are 7 islands between 17° and 22° south of the Equator.
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 History of the Cook islands
The Cook Islands are a Pacific Island country of 15 islands spread over two million square kilometres of sparkling Pacific Ocean.
The geological history of the islands is of constant fascination to scientists who gain much knowledge from the study of their varied, volcanic origins.
The arrival of the Christian missionaries in the Cook Islands was and has continued to be a huge influence on Cook Island society.  The London Missionary Society first sent Reverend John Williams to Aitutaki in 1821, followed by a trip to Rarotonga in the early 1820’s.
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 Cook Islands : In Depth : History | Frommers.com
The islands were small and unproductive, and in 1901 Britain gladly acceded to a request from New Zealand's prime minister, Richard Seddon, to include the Cook Islands within the boundaries of his newly independent country.
For all practical purposes, the Cook Islands remained a South Seas backwater for the 72 years of New Zealand rule, with a brief interlude during World War II when U.S. troops built an airstrip on Aitutaki.
Sir Geoffrey also allowed too much Cook Islands currency to be printed, which left it valueless outside the country, and he caught severe criticism for signing letters guaranteeing billions of dollars in loans that the Cook Islands didn't make and can never repay.
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 Information Cook Islands - History, Geography & Economy
When the Cook Islands was actually settled is unknown but achaeological digs put Rarotonga at 1500 years ago and Pukapuka at 2400 years ago.
Rarotonga, the main island is the hub of the Cook Islands and also its biggest island.
The Cook Islands exports a number of produces, mainly papaya/pawpaw to New Zealand; taro to Cook Islanders in New Zealand and Australia; nono (morinda citrifolia) to Tahiti and maire to Hawaii.
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 CULTURE COOK ISLANDS | Cook Islands Ministry of Culture and Development
As Christianity had a great influence in the Cook Islands, many of the cultural artifacts were either removed to other parts of the world or destroyed.
The term museum is not a new concept in the traditional history of the Cook Islands.
Prior to the sighting of Pukapuka Island by the Spanish explorers Alvaro de Mendana and Pedro Quiros on August 20, 1595, the Cook Islands had it's own social structures which catered for various forms of artistic expressions.
www.culture.gov.ck /museum.htm   (575 words)

 Cook Islands Information
DRESS CODE: While The Cook Islands are informal and the dress is casual, it is recommended that very brief attire such as bikinis not be worn in shopping areas or public places outside of the beach and resorts, as it may cause offence in some places.
Cook Islanders are regarded as amnongst the finest Polynesian dancers anywhere and have won many international awards.
The Cook Islands talent for music both in the song and dance can be seen at the numerous festivals throughout the year.
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 History of the Cook Islands – What is in our past
Cook Islanders are convinced that the great Maori migrations to New Zealand began from Rarotonga possibly as early as the fifth century AD.
THE written history of the Cooks began with the sighting of Pukapuka by the Spaniard Alvaro de Mendana in 1595 followed by a landing on Rakahanga in 1606 by another Spanish explorer, Pedro Quiros.
AFTER much manoeuvring and politicking, the Cook Islands was formally annexed by New Zealand on October 7 1900 when a deed of cession was signed by five ariki and seven lesser chiefs without any debate or examination of its ramifications or implications.
www.ck /history.htm   (2212 words)

 A short history of Cook Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
James Cook discovers in 1773 the Cook Islands (earlier seen by the Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña) The islands become a British protectorate in 1888 and become a posession of New Zealand in 1901.
In 1904 Niue island is separated from Cook to become a seperate dependency.
Since 1989 the country is governed by the Cook Islands Party (CIP) and its leader Geoffrey Henry.
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 WHKMLA : History of the Cook Islands, 1888-1918
London, accused of neglecting the islands, transferred the island group to New Zealand in 1901, which also annexed the Northern Cook Islands that year.
NIUE was also annexed by New Zealand and administrated from Rarotonga, the seat of the Cook Islands administration, until a separate administration for Niue was established in 1903.
From 1915 onward, a minister and a resident commissioner were appointed for the islands.
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 Cook Islands Herald
The lawyers have told the NZ company that both Cook Islands Fish Exports and Meatco reject allegations that the "Heads of Agreement" superceded the original "Settlement Agreement" which called for a number of matters to be actioned, one of them being that the NZ company assign its shares to Meatco.
Cook Islands Security Services Ltd was set up in November last year and has already grown to include five employees, including director Leighton Boaza, a well-known local police sergeant.
Cook Islands Security Services does everything from debt collection through to mobile patrols, special events security, VIP escort and everything in between.
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 Sovereign Pacific Publishing Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The history of the Cook Islands Maori belongs to each and every Cook Islander because a Maori perspective of history is personal, tribal or family and island of origin orientated.
The first island was actually Pukapuka which had people living there by 350 BC, but in terms of Aitutaki, Ru has gone down in history as being the "Foundation Ancestor" of this island and he is also looked upon as being one of the "Foundation Ancestors" of the Cook Islands as well.
Given that the total population of the Cook Islands was less than 12,000 people, this figure therefore indicates that about 5 per cent of the population went overseas to the war.
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 Cook Islands Canoeing Association - CICA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
It is believed by many Cook Islanders that the great Maori migrations to New Zealand began in Rarotonga as early as the fifth century A.D. They began at Ngatangiia which is on the Eastern side of the island where there is a passage in the reef at the widest part of Rarotonga’s lagoon.
The canoes were and still are used for fishing outside of the reef, though it wasn’t until 1984 that the first outrigger canoe was introduced in Rarotonga to be paddled for sport rather than for necessity.
Since then, paddling in the Cook Islands has now become a common sight and outrigger canoes can be seen every evening in and out of the lagoon with local regattas between competing clubs held on Saturdays.
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 Cook Islands
, Mangaia, Atiu, Aitutaki, Mauke, Mitiaro, and Manuae and Te-Au-o-tu) and the Northern Cook islands (Nassau, Palmerston, Penrhyn,
The Cook Islanders are Maoris, a branch of the Polynesian race, and are largely Christians.
Development partners commend Cook Islands on reform-driven economic recovery and commitment to equitable and sustainable growth.
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 History of the Cook Islands
It was another 150 years before another European was to explore the islands and land on one of them, Captain James Cook.
The arrival of the Christian missionaries in the Cook Islands was and has continued to be a huge influence on Cook Island society.
On August 4, 1965, after adoption of a Report by the Cook Islands Legislative Assembly, the Administrator of the Government of New Zealand at the time signed the Proclamation to declare the Cook Islands a Self Governing State.
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 Religion - A powerful influence in the history of the Cook Islands
There is no suggestion that missionaries in the Cook Islands used their influence for personal ends as occurred in other parts of the world.
The islanders were employed by these families around the mission houses to cook, clean, wait at table and work in the garden.
This is known as the 'Imene Tuki' and is idiosyncratic and particular to the Cook Islands.
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 Religion in the Cook Islands
Missionaries have had a tremendous impact on the Cook Islands and today, the worship of God is deeply ingrained into the islanders psyche.
Missionaries from The London Missionary Society arrived in the Cook Islands as early as 1821 and hit upon the idea of using converted Polynesians to spread the Word.
As with most islands in the Pacific Rim, the concept of a cash economy which replaced the traditional barter system was implemented very early on.
www.pacificresort-aitutaki.co.ck /Rarotonga/Religious_observation_IDL=1_IDT=23_ID=69_.html   (319 words)

 CookIslands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
history, but oral narratives in song and dance form passed from generation to generation include such names as TANGIIA and KARIKA, who arrived in the 13th Century and joined forces to conquer the earlier inhabitants of Rarotonga.
Individuality is the hallmark of the culture of the Cook
You can get a Cook Islands driver licence for 10 dollars after a driving test.
www.exploring.nu /cookisla.htm   (411 words)

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