Cook Islands

FORUM MEMBERSHIP: 1971

INDEPENDENCE DAY: 26 July, 1965

CAPITAL: Avarua, Rarotonga

AREA: 240 sq km

EEZ: 1.8 million sq km

POPULATION: 13,100 (2015) – resident

LANGUAGE: Cook Islands Maori, English

CURRENCY: New Zealand dollar

ECONOMY: Tourism, Pearl Industry, Fishing

STATUS: Parliamentary Democracy – Free Association with New Zealand

HEAD OF STATE: HM Queen Elizabeth II represented by Queen’s Representative HE Tom John Marsters

HEAD OF GOVERNMENT: Prime Minister The Hon Henry Puna

WEBSITE: www.cook-islands.gov.ck