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c1200    Polynesians settled the 14 Cook Islands that included Rarotonga.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T5)

c1600    Spanish explorers Alvaro de Mendana and Pedro Fernandez de Quiros visited the Cook Islands but overlooked Rarotonga, the largest one.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T5)

1722        Apr 5, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island, a Polynesian Island 1400 miles from the coast of South America. They noted that the island was treeless and wondered how massive statues were erected. Much of the population was later wiped out and the island became a possession of Chile. An indigenous script called rongorongo survived but by 2002 was still not deciphered. In 2005 Steven Roger Fischer authored “Island at the End of the World: The Turbulent History of Easter Island."

1773        Captain James Cook found a group of islands 1800 miles northeast of New Zealand. They became known as the Cook Islands. "A couple of years ago, the Cook Islands hired a lawyer from the United States to draft an asset protection statute that instantly made the islands one of the best places in the world to protect assets from creditors.
    (Hem, 8/95, p.38)

1789        The HMS Bounty made a brief stop at the Cook Island of Rarotonga before moving on to Pitcairn Island.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T6)

1791        May 8, Capt. Edward Edwards set sail from Tahiti in the Pandora with the Bounty mutineers abandoned by Fletcher Henderson.
    (ON, 3/04, p.9)

1821        The London Missionary Society brought the Book of Common Prayer to Rarotonga.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T7)

1841        The Rarotonga church at Titikaveka was built of coral blocks.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T7)

1849        The church at Arorangi, Rarotonga, was built. It has the graveyard of Papeiha, the Christianized Tahitian missionary who first preached the Gospel to the islanders.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T7)

1855        The high-steepled church in Avarua, Rarotonga, was built.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T7)

1901        Jun 11, Cook Islands were annexed & proclaimed a part of New Zealand.
    (SC, 6/11/02)

1928        Robert Dean Frisbie, American expatriate South Seas writer, stated “I have hunted long for this sanctuary."
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T7)

1951-1960    Flying to Tahiti during this time involved taking off in a flying boat from Fiji with an overnight stop in Samoa and a refueling stop at Aitutaki Island.
    (SSFC, 1/18/04, p.C8)

1964        The ship Yankee ran aground off the island of Rarotonga after circling the world 7 times.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T6)

1965        Rarotonga of the Cook Islands was colonized by the British but ruled until this year by New Zealand.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T6)

1971        Australia joined with New Zealand and 14 independent of self-governing island nations to form the South Pacific Forum. The name was changed in 2000 to Pacific Islands Forum. Member states include: Australia, the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Since 2006, associate members territories are New Caledonia and French Polynesia.
    (Econ, 10/20/07, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Islands_Forum)

1981        Sir Albert Henry, the first prime minister of the Cook Islands, died. He had been stripped of his knighthood by Queen Elizabeth when it was learned that he had used government funds to pay for charter flights home for expatriate voters friendly to his party.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T7)

1997        Nov 3, Some 20 people were missing after a cyclone struck. Typhoon Martin killed at least 5 people.
    (WSJ, 11/4/97, p.A1)(SFC,11/8/97, p.A16)

2004        Oct 24, Six men on Pitcairn Island were convicted of charges ranging from rape to indecent assault following trials that exposed a culture of sexual abuse. They received up to 6 years with suspensions pending appeal.
    (AP, 10/25/04)(SFC, 10/30/04, p.A2)

2004        Nov 8, Pitcairn Island selected its 1st female mayor, Brenda Christian, to fill the post until a Dec 15 election. Former Mayor Steve Christian was among the 6 men convicted of 5 rape charges.
    (SFC, 11/9/04, p.A3)

2006        Oct 30, In London 6 men from remote Pitcairn Island lost their final appeal against their convictions for a string of sex attacks dating back 40 years.
    (AP, 10/30/06)

2012        Dec 19, The Cook Islands designated a 756,000 square mile shark sanctuary.
    (SFC, 12/19/12, p.A5)

2013        Apr 5, A data leak was reported orchestrated this week by a Washington-based group called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. It involved tens of thousands of offshore bank accounts, mainly form the British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands and Singapore, and named dozens of prominent figures around the world. New details were being released by the day. The leak allegedly involved records from 10 tax havens.
    (AP, 4/6/13)(SFC, 4/5/13, p.A4)

2013        Jul 15, The Cook Islands fined Luen Thai Fishing Venture $120,000 and revoked its fishing license for breaking a ban on shark finning.
    (SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A4)

2013        Nov 7, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang said China will provide a concessionary loan of up to $1 billion to Pacific island nations to support construction projects in a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for influence. He made the announcement at a forum with Pacific island nations in Guangzhou at a meeting attended by representatives from Micronesia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue and Fiji.
    (Reuters, 11/8/13)

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