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Traditional knowledge has become the backbone to our tourism industry, our primary source of income and foreign exchange. Additionally unscrupulous people come to the Cook Islands in search of our knowledge including sometimes for commercial reasons without due consideration for the creators and holders of that knowledge. The Cook Islands therefore needs strong mechanisms to protect our knowledge and to provide opportunities for Cook Islands people.


Cook Islands Herald, march 2009


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- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Cook Islands
Head of State: Head of State Queen Elizabeth II; represented by HM the Queen's Representative in the Cook Islands, Tom Marsters (from 27 July 2013); High Commissioner Linda Te Puni (from 10 Mar 2010)
Head of government: Prime Minister Henry Puna (CIP) (from 18 Nov 2010)
Ruling party: Cook Islands Party (CIP) (from 18 Nov 2010, re-elected 9 July 2014)
Area: 234 square km (15 islands); Rarotonga (67 square km)
Population: 17,791 (2011; census figure)
Capital: Avarua, on the island of Rarotonga
Official language: English and Cook Islands Mäori
Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZ$) = 100 cents; Cook Islands' own currency is defunct
Exchange rate: NZ$1.58 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$20,452 (2010)
GDP real growth: 3.30% (2012)
GDP: US$241.30 million (2010)
Inflation: 0.60% (2011)*
Balance of trade: -US$105.00 million (2012)*
* estimated figure


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