Cook Islands: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About the Cook Islands, information, history size, location, population, people, culture, and government.

Cook Islands

Size--92.5 sq. mi. (241 sq. km.). Population--24,000. About 12,000 Cook Islanders live in New Zealand.

The Cook Islands are widely scattered in an area east of Samoa and Tonga, about 1,700 mi. northeast of New Zealand, to which they are tied as a "freely associated state." In July, 1974, Premier Albert Henry called for a referendum on independence and said he would ask New Zealand to allow the Cook Islands to conduct its own foreign affairs. The New Zealand Government said it would not object to these developments. There is little likelihood that political independence would lessen the Cook Islands' economic dependence on New Zealand.

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