The Human Truth Foundation

Cook Islands

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Cook Islands
StatusSelf-governing in Free Association with New Zealand
CapitalAvarua
Land Area
LocationAustralasia, Polynesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesCK, COK, 1841
Internet Domain.ck2
CurrencyDollar (NZD)3
Telephone+6824

1. Overview

#new_zealand #UK

Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5

Book CoverFifteen droplets of land cast across 2 million sq km of wild Pacific blue, the Cook Islands are simultaneously remote and accessible, modern and traditional. With a hip cafe culture, fine restaurants and funky nightlife, Rarotonga lives confidently in the 21st century. But beyond the island´s tourist buzz and contemporary appearance is a robust culture, firmly anchored by traditional Polynesian values and steeped in oral history.North of `Raro´, the sublime lagoon of Aitutaki is ringed with tiny deserted islands and is one of the Pacific´s most improbably scenic jewels. Venture further and robust Polynesian traditions emerge nearer the surface. Drink home brew at a traditional `Atiuan tumunu (bush-beer drinking club), explore the ancient makatea (raised coral cliffs) and taro fields of Mangaia, or swim in the underground cave pools of Mitiaro and Ma´uke. The even more remote Northern Group is a sublime South Seas idyll experienced only by a lucky few.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)6

As a territory of New Zealand I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Cook Islands's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #homosexuality #human_rights #morals #politics #prejudice #tolerance

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)7,8
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank7,8
1Denmark9.7
2Sweden10.0
3Norway16.1
...
182Swaziland141.2
183Pakistan141.9
184Sudan144.1
185Cook Islands144.5
186Vanuatu145.5
187Djibouti146.2
188Tonga147.7
189Sao Tome & Principe147.8
190St Kitts & Nevis150.3
World Avg89.8
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Denmark, Sweden and Norway7. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are Tuvalu, The Solomon Islands and Palestine7.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on commentary in Human Rights Watch reports, its nominal commitment to Human Rights, speed of uptake of HR treaties, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, supporting press freedom, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, the year from which women could participate in democracy, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice and LGBT equality. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe7, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Melanesia and Australasia7.

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)9
Pos.Higher is better
Treaties9
1Argentina24
2Chile23
3Costa Rica23
...
168Iran9
169St Kitts & Nevis9
170Comoros9
171Cook Islands9
172Guinea-Bissau8
173USA8
174Somalia8
175Eritrea8
World Avg15.1
q=194.

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)10
Pos.Higher is better
Score10
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
...
127Namibia-5
128Kiribati-5
129Jamaica-5
130Cook Islands-5
131Guyana-5
132St Lucia-9
133India-10
134Samoa-10
World Avg12.6
q=196.

3. Cook Islands's Health

#alcohol #health #obesity #vaccines

Health:

The Cook Islands does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. The Cook Islands does better than average in its immunizations take-up11 (one of the highest in Australasia). And finally, it does worse than average when it comes to its alcohol consumption rate12 (amongst the worst in Australasia). The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% between 1976 and 2016.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)12
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita12
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
153Laos10.4
154Greece10.4
155Denmark10.4
156Cook Islands10.6
157Australia10.6
158New Zealand10.7
159Finland10.7
160Uruguay10.8
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Overweight Adults (2016)13
Pos.Lower is better
%13
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
184Tonga78.5
185Kiribati78.7
186Niue80.0
187Tuvalu81.9
188Marshall Islands83.5
189Cook Islands84.7
190Palau85.1
191Nauru88.5
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)11
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %11
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
23Kuwait97.5
24Morocco97.5
25Monaco97.3
26Cook Islands97.3
27Greece97.3
28Turkmenistan97.2
29St Vincent & Grenadines97.2
30Dominica97.1
World Avg88.3
q=194.

4. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #the_environment

Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
4Vanuatu1993 Dec 29
5Papua New Guinea1993 Dec 29
6Mexico1993 Dec 29
7Armenia1993 Dec 29
8Ecuador1993 Dec 29
9Fiji1993 Dec 29
10Canada1993 Dec 29
11Monaco1993 Dec 29
12Maldives1993 Dec 29
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.

5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below14:

Christian96%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated3.2%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 69.6% (Cook Islands Christian Church 55.9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 7.9%, other Protestant 5.8%), Roman Catholic 16.8%, Mormon 3.8%, other 4.2%, unspecified 2.6%, none 3% (2001 census)15.

The Lonely Planet travel guide points out with joyful glee the historical situation of the Cook Islands Christian Church. It...

Book Cover... was built by two villages, Areora and Ngatiarua, in 1882. When the outside was completed, there was disagreement between the villages about how the inside should be decorated so they built a wall down the middle. The wall has since been removed, though the interior is decorated in markedly different styles. Each village has its own entrance, sits at its own side and takes turns singing the hymns. The minister stands astride the dividing line down the middle of the pulpit.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)6

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