Avarua in Rarotonga.
English is the official language. The main Cook Islands language is Rarotongan Maori. There are some variations in dialect in the "outer" islands. English is also frequently used, especially in secondary schools, businesses, and government administration.
Christian (majority of populace are members of the Cook Islands Christian Church)
Tourism drives the economy as the country"s number one industry, far ahead of offshore banking, pearls, marine and fruit exports. Like many other South Pacific island nations, the Cook Islands" economic development is hindered by the isolation of the country from foreign markets, lack of natural resources, periodic devastation from natural disasters, and inadequate infrastructure. Agriculture provides the economic base with major exports made up of copra and citrus fruit. Manufacturing activities are limited to fruit-processing, clothing, and handicrafts. Trade deficits are made up for by remittances from emigrants and by foreign aid, overwhelmingly from New Zealand. Efforts to exploit tourism potential, encourage offshore banking, and expand the mining and fishing industries have been partially successful in stimulating investment and growth. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.
Currency C New Zealand Dollar
The New Zealand dollar (currency code NZD, sometimes NZ$ and often informally known as the Kiwi dollar) is the official currency of New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, and the Pitcairn Islands.
Main Sporting Events and Achievement in Olympics
The popular sports are rugby league and football. The Cook Islands national rugby league team has been participating in international competition since 1988.
The 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens was the fifth time the Cook Islands had competed since its first participation in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. It has yet to win an Olympic medal.
All the islands employed a chiefly system based on traditional legends of migration and settlement. These stories enshrined the power of the chiefs as inheritors of what might be termed an "heroic" culture. Allegiance to chiefs was a fundamental of Polynesian culture. The chiefs" titles and other authoritative positions were passed down primarily through the senior male line. However, land rights were inherited via the mother"s line. Chiefs were responsible for war leadership, carrying out important discussions with other groups or clans, land allocation, disputes settlement and intercession with the gods. One of the most significant functions of a chief was to organise and pay for feasts. A chief, or indeed, any man, was judged by his ability and willingness to bestow gifts and to throw big parties.
The Cook Islands community is intricately woven often with large extended families living in a single house, or collection of houses. Both the elderly and children are respected being the knowledge and future of life. The term "cousin" is loosely used to describe someone with whom your family roots can be traced. This can go back many generations. Tattooing of the body was traditionally used to symbolise ones family lineage and today this art form is again becoming popular. Most islanders bury their relatives in elaborate graves within the family garden.
Cook Islanders are devout Christians and Sunday is a day of rest and churchgoing. Singing in church is an evocative icon of the Cook Islands and a Sunday church service is well worth a visit.
A popular art form on the islands is tivaivai, often likened to quilting. This is, in essence, the art of making handmade patchwork quilts. Introduced by the wives of missionaries in the 19th century, the craft grew into a communal activity and is probably one of the main reasons for its popularity. The Fibre Arts Studio on Atiu has tivaivai for sale as does the Arasena Gallery next to the Blue Note Café on Rarotonga.
新西兰元 (货币代码NZD，符号NZ$, 经常被非正式的称为Kiwi)是新西兰、 库克岛（Cook Islands）, Niue, Tokelau,和 皮特科恩岛(Pitcairn Islands)的官方货币。
岛内很著名的艺术是tivaivai，经常与缝被子相比。本质上，是手工缝制棉被。19世纪由传教士的妻子引进，这个手工艺已经变得非常大众化，这也是它普遍受欢迎的原因之一。Atiu 的Fibre Arts Studio在_|加岛的Blue Note Café附近的Arasena Gallery销售tivaivai。