Pacific Islands - Cook Islands

Image: Flower @ Aitutaki by Tim Parkinson on Flickr

The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The group ranges from mountainous high islands like Rarotonga, to low-lying atolls just a few metres above sea-level. We have selected the following online information to support you when you're looking for resources on the Cook Islands.  SCIS 1525126

CIA World factbook - Cook Islands

The site provides summary information on Cook Islands, together with the flag and a map. Tabs open up to further information on Cook Islands geography, transport, demographics, and economic data.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are described as “a net of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over an area the size of India with a population no bigger than a small New Zealand country town, 13,200”. This comprehensive website gives you maps and the geography of all the islands in the Cooks Group, along with information on their history, food, culture, arts, and sports.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Cook Islands

This colourful site includes lots of photos and video clips; and a variety of information – written by an English journalist who has lived in the Cook Islands for several years. By clicking on Islands North and South tabs, you can access images and information on all the islands. Under ‘Insight’ you’ll find more about traditions and customs.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Cook Islanders in New Zealand

Te Ara, the online New Zealand encyclopaedia offers images and information about the history of the Cook Islands, its people, immigration and settlement in New Zealand. It also discusses the continuing close cultural and traditional ties with their homeland.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Cook Islands Government online

The site contains wide ranging information about Cook Island history and government.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary   

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions.
To discover a set and items, use the search term 'Cook Islands.'

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Lonely Planet Raratonga and the Cook islands

This website offers a brief but detailed guide to first Polynesian settlement on the Cook Islands, early Cook Islands society, and the consequences of missionaries on the islands.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term Cook Islands.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Britannica Online School Edition provides a range of information and articles on the Cook Islands. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Nightdancer,  by Garry Kilworth, 2002 (primary)
Pearl of One Foot Island, by Graeme Lay, 2004 (secondary)
A Quilt for Aunty Nga, by Don Long, 1998 (primary)

Royale Takitumu Villas. The best introduction to the Cook Islands. YouTube. 3.55

The Cook Islands (1952), NZ National Film Unit, Archives New Zealand. 14.55