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.
The AtlanticYouthTrust is an all-island charity which takes young people from a range of communities and backgrounds in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to sea. According to the president of the trust, Peter Cooke, the plan in 2023 is to begin taking groups of about 40 young people on 10-day voyages aboard the Grace O'Malley.
After the preliminary count on Monday night, Angene who stood under the CookIslandsParty banner amassed 458 votes followed by Democratic Party’s Harmon 213 and Cook Islands United Party’s Kervin Aroita with 148 ... Angene was not willing to tell Cook Islands News what portfolio he wanted but ruled out Infrastructure Cook Islands.
According to the information provided in their application for a seabed mining exploration licence, mining company CICLimited has set up and funded The CookIslands Traditional Arts Trust (Te Rito O Taku Peu Tupuna) ... Cook Islands launched a naming competition for their new boat.
Australia and the CookIslands share deep bonds of enduring friendship, mutual trust and respect ...The new patrol boat will enable the Cook Islands to police its large EEZ more effectively, supporting efforts to combat illegal fishing on the high seas and strengthening the Cook Islands PoliceService’s capacity to respond swiftly in a crisis.
He escaped back to his true passion, in the field of biodiversity, spending the last three years with the CookIslandsNaturalHeritageTrust... We have high hopes that Jo has inspired young Cook Islanders to follow his footsteps ... One area stood out in particular from the satellite images of the Cook Islands they were analysing.
From here, we moved further down to the rock pools where Joseph Brider from CookIslandsNaturalHeritageTrust and Brennan Panzarella from MuriEnvironmentCare told us about the different types of plants, including the beautiful giant ferns, chestnut trees and to our surprise crystal rocks found within this area.