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.
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.

Following annexation to New Zealand on 11 June 1901, a Cabinet Minister Responsible for the Cook Islands was appointed to Cabinet. His name was Hon. C.H. Mills.

He later led a Delegation of Members of Parliament to visit the Cook Islands on a warship in April-May 1903.

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They visited most of the islands in the Cook Islands and subsequently presented a very detailed Report of their trip to the New Zealand Parliament.

To view this Parliamentary Report go to :

New Zealand Parliamentary Report on the Mills Ministerial visit to the Cook Islands

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Minister Mills and his Parliamentary colleagues from Wellington at Rarotonga 1903

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