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Cook Islands annexed, 1900

Cook Islands annexed, 1900

Queen Makea of the Cook Islands (left) listens as New Zealand Governor Lord Ranfurly reads the annexation proclamation on 7 October 1900. In the background are British military personnel. Women were among the most powerful of the Cook Islands' ariki (chiefs). Their public role did not fit New Zealand administrators' view of appropriate behaviour, and whenever possible their authority was ignored or limited.

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Jon Fraenkel, 'Pacific Islands and New Zealand - Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and Nauru', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Jon Fraenkel, published 20 Jun 2012