Parliament, which is based on the UK model, has two houses. The lower house or Legislative Assembly has 25 elected members - 24 from districts of the Cook Islands and one representing the many Cook Islanders who live overseas. The Members of Parliament represent districts and islands. The upper house, or House of Ariki, is made up of traditional leaders, who provide consultation and advice.
Right: The Parliament buildings - not quite a rival for the UK's seat of government, but none the less important constitutionally