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NEWS FROM THE ISLANDS     An exclusive summary
Experts find high levels of bacteria in Raro water supply
Big celebrations as Palmerston home in Raro opens
'Lonely Planet' accolade for the Islands
More dengue fever cases confirmed
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Deserted MANUAE was the first of the Islands to be discoverd by Captain Cook
The remains of a WWII bomber lie in the undergrowth on PENRHYN
Captain William Bligh discovered AITUTAKI 18 days before the mutinty on the Bounty
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26 Jul-5 Aug: Te Maeva Nui (cultural festival and celebrations)
Click here for a detailed programme of events
5 Aug: Constitution day
2019 events diary in detail

In the Cook Islands, whales come to you!   The whale watching season runs from July to October, and you don't need a boat or even have to get your feet wet to see them.  Find out the best places to watch and get some expert advice on dos and don'ts in our whale watcher's guide

solar powered Mauke
Palmerston children on the beach
Palmerston from the air
Palmerston's patriarch
PALMERSTON is so remote, it wasn't even properly positioned on maps until 47 years ago.  And this tiny island is owned and populated entirely by the direct descendants of a British man and his wives who claim links to the UK's royal family and speak with the remnants of a English Midlands dialect. 

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Palmerston' s main street
"Our people are naturally hospitable and friendly.  You don't often see an islander without a welcoming smile on their face.  And why shouldn't we smile?  We have so many things to smile about."
Local children writing about the islands