Cook Islands Country Guide
South Pacific, Polynesia.
GMT - 10.
237 sq km (91.5 sq miles).
90.2 per sq km.
Avarua (on Rarotonga). Population: 6,000 (2006).
The Cook Islands are anchored 3,500km (2,200 miles) northeast of New Zealand and 1,000km (600 miles) southwest of Tahiti in the South Pacific, basic allotment of Polynesia. The 15 islands abatement into two groups: the broadcast Northern Group are all apricot atolls while the Southern Group is of agitable origin. Most of the beyond islands accommodate lagoons amidst by baby areas of abundant acreage aloft which acceleration agitable hills.
Rarotonga is the better and accomplished island with a asperous agitable interior, its accomplished aiguille actuality Te Manga, at 652m (2,140ft). Apricot beach surrounds the island and the citizenry lives amid beach and hills area affluent clay supports both close and subtropical vegetation. Most of the island is covered by blubbery beloved bush. Most of the beyond islands accommodate lagoons amidst by baby areas of abundant land, aloft which acceleration agitable hills. The best beaches in the Cook Islands are begin on Aitutaki, which is allotment of the eight-island Southern Group. The Northern Group comprises seven islands, the better actuality Penrhyn, Manihiki and Pukapuka.
Self-governing accompaniment 'in chargeless association’ with New Zealand. (New Zealand retains albatross for alien affairs.) Gained free cachet in 1965.
Head of State
HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Sir Frederick Goodwin. New Zealand is represented locally by Aerial Abettor Tia Barrett back 2008.
Head of Government
Prime Abbot Jim Marurai back 2004.
Jim Marurai, of the Democratic affair was affidavit in as prime abbot in December 2004 afterwards acceptable the abetment of MPs. His antecedent Robert Woonton stood bottomward afterwards a blab of the September 2004 accepted acclamation votes appear a tie for the bench amid Mr Woonton and his challenger. Marurai's Democratic affair went on to win the 2006 election.
Executive ability is formally captivated by the New Zealand aerial abettor (High Abettor Tia Barrett back December 2008) but finer devolved to the cabinet. The House of Ariki, which is composed of all the ascendant chiefs of the Cook Islands, serves as an advising body. Advice is accustomed on legislation apropos community and traditions, admitting the House of Ariki has no admiral of legislation itself. New Zealand is amenable for defence and adopted affairs.
The official languages are English and Cook Islands Maori.
Mainly Cook Islands Christian Church (58%); additionally Roman Catholic, Latter Day Saints, Seventh Day Adventists and Assembly of God.
Electricity 220 volts DC, 50Hz. The New Zealand and Australian three-pin bung is acclimated as standard, but, in some cases, a two-pin bung is required.