Story: Empire and Commonwealth

Pacific empire

Pacific empire

In 1900 New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands. Here, Cook Islands Queen Makea is shown listening to Governor-General Lord Ranfurly reading the annexation proclamation, with British Resident Walter Gudgeon. In the background are British bluejackets and marines. From the 1880s islands within the Cooks group had been part of a British protectorate. Annexation meant that the boundaries of New Zealand were extended to include the Cook Islands, which were administered by New Zealand until 1965. They then became self-governing in free association with New Zealand.

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W. David McIntyre, 'Empire and Commonwealth - Expansion of the British Empire', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 September 2019)

Story by W. David McIntyre, published 20 Jun 2012