Rarotonga


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Rarotonga

(rärōtông`gä, rărətŏng`gə), formerly

Goodenough's Island,

volcanic island (2006 pop. 15,153), 26 sq mi (67 sq km), South Pacific, capital of the Cook IslandsCook Islands,
island group (2006 pop. 19,569), 90 sq mi (234 sq km), S Pacific, SE of Samoa; a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand. It consists of 15 small islands and is comprised of two main groups, the Southern (or Lower) Cook islands (Rarotonga,
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. The most southwesterly of the group, it is also the largest, most important, and by far the most populous. Avarua is the administrative seat and chief town and port of Rarotonga. Citrus fruit, copra, and pearl shell are exported. Tourism is an important industry. Rarotonga was visited in 1823 by the English missionary John WilliamsWilliams, John,
1796–1839, English missionary, called the Apostle of Polynesia. Under the London Missionary Society he went (1817) to the Society Islands. He discovered Rarotonga in 1823 and founded missions there.
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. The island was almost completely devastated by a hurricane in 1987.

Rarotonga

an island in the S Pacific, in the SW Cook Islands: the chief island of the group. Chief settlement: Avarua. Pop.: 12 188 (2001). Area: 67 sq. km (26 sq. miles)
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The Cook Islands is a favourite destination for many New Zealanders and we re confident our low fares to Rarotonga will be warmly welcomed by holidaymakers throughout the country.
She has been able to cross the first three in her list, which left with her travelling to Rarotonga and meeting Williams.
The next day, I flew on to the Cook Islands, transiting through Auckland Airport, then on to Rarotonga, a staggering seven-hour flight with a tail wind -- eight without.
His autobiography contains a picture of him with the telescope set up on Rarotonga.
We, along with our supporters, had the honour of hosting Te Tika Mataiapo Dorice Reid at our 2000 Pacific Networking Conference in Victoria BC, and were privileged to have her host a number of our Indigenous Canadian interns in Rarotonga.
NEW Zealand winger Zac Guildford has issued a public apology following an incident in a bar in Rarotonga and admitted he needs help in his battle with alcohol.
Guildford did not detail what occurred but Jack Cooper, the owner of the popular Trader Jacks Bar in Rarotonga, said the winger stumbled into the waterfront venue and hit two patrons, one of whom was celebrating his 60th birthday.
The people of all these islands had recently been engaged in fierce military conflicts--the Atiu forces had conquered those of Ma'uke and Mitiaro and the three districts of Rarotonga had been at war for over four years during which time some 700 people (around 10% of the population) had been killed (Maretu 1983: 51-53).
All the nuclear-weapon-free zones that were created in the last decades - for example, by the Tlatelolco Treaty for Latin America or the Treaty of Rarotonga for the South Pacific - were made possible by understandings that were reached freely by regional powers in an atmosphere of multilateral confidence.
Price particularly recommends the buzzing Saturday market in Rarotonga, where visitors can shop amongst locals for fresh seafood and locally produced clothing and homeware.