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Cook Islands Cultural and Historic Places Trust

Established through the Cultural and Historic Places Act 1994-95, the Cook Islands Cultural and Historic Places Trust is designed to recognise and acknowledge various...
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Rongomatane Ariki Investiture: Atiu 1956

On 9 August 1956, in an interesting blend of traditional Polynesian ritual and Christian ceremony, Tetupu Mataio was proclaimed the new Rongomatane Ariki on...
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Ethnology of Manihiki and Rakahanga

The traditional history of Manihiki and Rakahanga tells us that the human discoverer was Huku. He had sailed into these waters from Rarotonga on a fishing expedition. When he came to a part...
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Traditions of Aitutaki by Drury Low

Drury Low lived on Aitutaki for many years in the early 1900's. He wrote extensively about the history of this island and was published several...
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Oral Traditions of the Rarotonga Land Court Records

Mathew Campbell published an article in Volume 37, No2, 2002 of the" Journal of Pacific History" entitled : "The Oral Traditions of the Rarotonga...
Minister Mills with three Ariki of Rarotonga. (From left) Pa Ariki, Makea Takau Ariki and Tinomana Ariki. This photo was taken on the palace verandah at Taputapuatea.

New Zealand Cabinet Minister Hon. C. H. Mills and his visit to the Cook...

Following annexation to New Zealand on 11 June 1901, a Cabinet Minister Responsible for the Cook Islands was appointed to Cabinet. His name was...
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The Mysterious Starling of Mauke

The Mysterious Starling or Mauke Starling (Aplonis mavornata) was a species of starling found on Mauke. This bird is now extinct. http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org/species.asp?id=8293 The only known specimen (BMNH Old Vellum Catalog...
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Taipiro . . . and “The Cave of Sleepers”

Here is a story from Howard Henry . . . Taipiro was a twelve year old boy who belonged to the Ngati-Tane Tribe of Mangaia in Pre-European...
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Turtles and their habitats on Mauke

Cook Islands Turtle Project : Mauke Report 2012 By Phil Bradshaw B.Sc. and Nerissa Bradshaw This Turtle Survey on Mauke was undertaken from 4 to 11...
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The Sacred Space of Cook Islands Christian Churches

Maria Kecskemeti submitted a thesis to the Victoria University of Wellington in 2012 as her fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Anthropology. Her thesis...