GEOGRAPHY OF COOK ISLANDS



The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The 15 small islands in this South Pacific Ocean have a total land area of 240 km².

Tourism drives the Economy as the country's number one industry, far ahead of offshore banking, pearls, marine and fruit exports. A popular art form on the islands is tivaivai, often likened to quilting.

Defense is the responsibility of New Zealand, in consultation with the Cook Islands and at its request.

  • High Cook Islands
  • Aitutaki
  • Atiu
  • Mauke
  • Rarotonga (capital)
  • Mangaia
  • Low islands of the Southern group
  • Manuae
  • Takutea
  • Mitiaro
  • Northern Cook Islands
  • Penrhyn Island also known as Tongareva or Mangarongaro
  • Rakahanga
  • Manihiki
  • Pukapuka
  • Nassau
  • Suwarrow also called Suvorov
  • Palmerston Island

  1. Official Language English, Cook Islands Maori
  2. Capital Avarua
  3. Head of State Queen Elizabeth II
  4. Queen's Representative Sir Frederick Goodwin KBE
  5. Prime Minister Jim Marurai
  6. Area 240 km²
  7. Population (July 2005 Estimate) 21,388
  8. Independence
  9. – Date None; became self-governing in free association with New Zealand August 4, 1965.
  10. National anthem Te Atua Mou E (God is Truth)
  11. Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD). Also, have local $5, $2, 50¢, 20¢, 10¢, and 5¢ coins that can't be used elsewhere.
  12. Time zone UTC -10
  13. Calling Code 682
  14. Internet TLD .ck

Culture

  1. Holidays Date Name
  2. January 1 New Year's Day
  3. January 2 Day after New Year's Day
  4. The Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday
  5. The Day after Easter Sunday Easter Monday
  6. April 25 ANZAC Day
  7. The First Monday in June Queen's Birthday
  8. July Rarotonga Gospel Day
  9. August 4 Constitution Day
  10. October 26 Gospel Day
  11. December 25 Christmas
  12. December 26 Boxing Day