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

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