MY SOURCES
Acknowledgements
The "old fashioned" printed word has been the most valuable source of information in the creation of this site.

Top of the list of must haves if you're visiting the islands, or just want to know more is the COOK ISLANDS COMPANION by Elliot Smith (Pacific Publishing Company, Albany, California, USA).  Sub-titled, "The Visitor's Guide to Rarotonga and the Outer Islands", there's a stunning amount of information crammed into its 176 pages, even if some of it is now out of date.   Sadly out of print, you can still find inexpensive,  nearly new copies from web sites which specialise in second hand books. 



The "must have" reference and guide book
The seat pocket magazine that's "yours to keep" often isn't worth keeping...unless you're travelling with Air Rarotonga.   Theirs is called 'Escape'.  It's a well produced, glossy publication which is also well written and full of pictures and information about the islands.  So, many thanks Air Rarotonga and South Pacific Publishing who produce the magazine. 
Air Rarotonga plane
The  "Cook Islands Sun" is a newspaper type visitor's guide produced by the tourism department. It's another of those "must haves" if you're in the islands...and it's free.   A mine of information and again a help to me in creating this site.  I have also used the tourism department's web site and that of the Government of the Cook Islands as my definitive sources when I wasn't sure of any information.  Click on the underlined links to open those sites in a new window.
Most of all though...I'd like to say meitaki ma'ata (thank you very much) to the people of the Cook Islands whose warmth, friendliness and fantastic home land inspired this site. 
Kia Manuia
(May good fortune shine on you)

Tourism web site
Typing "Cook Islands" into the Google search engine produces millions of results!  I've listed some of my favourite web sites on a page called CI Links and happily acknowledge them as useful sources of information.  Go and have a look.


Friendly people
Government Coat of Arms
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And a bit of trivia for you...the two islanders featured on the cover are a Jeannine Tuavera, former Miss Cook Islands and dancer of the year, and Danny Mataroa.  I saw both performing with the Tumutevarovaro Dance Troupe who feature in island nights at hotels in Avarua. 
Coat of Arms of the Cook Islands Government
COOK ISLANDS WEB SITES
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