Story: Cook Islanders

Returned soldiers at Avarua, 1926

Returned soldiers at Avarua, 1926

New Zealand Governor-General Charles Fergusson and his entourage (replete with pith helmets) inspect First World War veterans (wearing straw boaters) at Avarua, Rarotonga’s main settlement. Going overseas, even if it was for war, exposed Cook Islanders to a much wider world and planted the seeds of restlessness.

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Carl Walrond, 'Cook Islanders - Migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 March 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015