The Cook Islands' defence and foreign affairs are the responsibility of New Zealand, but they are exercised in consultation with the Cook Islands. In recent times, the Cook Islands have adopted an increasingly independent foreign policy. Although Cook Islanders are citizens of New Zealand, they have the status of Cook Islands nationals, which is not given to other New Zealand citizens.
The Cook Islands' main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga (10,572 in 2011), where there is an international airport. There is a larger population of Cook Islanders in New Zealand, particularly the North Island. In the 2006 census, 58,008 self-identified as being of ethnic Cook Islands Māori descent.
CookIslands PM could pursue UN membership says local media ... Cook Islands News reports Brown saying he wanted Cook Islands to join the IMF as soon as possible, and targeted 2023 to become a member ... She told PMNNew Zealand's position is putting full support behind Niue and the Cook Islands making those decisions themselves.
Healthcare on an island such as Aitutaki is never straightforward, says Aitutaki Hospital manager Mareta Mose ... In Aitutaki, everyone knows everyone on the island, making for a close-knit community ... Zahra Shahtahmasebi travelled to the CookIslands on a nib health journalism scholarship which was awarded at last year’s VoyagerMedia Awards.
The summit was opened by CookIslands Associate Tourism minister Tingika Elikana ... A media statement from Cook Islands Tourism said the commitment is designed to place sustainable tourism as a top priority for environmental, socio-cultural, and economic development in the region.
The need for affirmation on social media heightened by peer pressure can lead to dangerous consequences as stunts like eating a Tide detergent pod, holding one's breath until passing out or ingesting chicken cooked in NyQuil have injured young people and even led to fatalities.
According to TMO’s Covid-19 webpage, there have been 6265 cases of Covid-19 in the CookIslands since the pandemic began ... When Cook Islands News made inquiries via social media about this, a spokesperson for the webpage said ... us from the Cook Islands HIU (HealthIntelligenceUnit).