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About the people
Maori Cook Islands on Palmerston. Approximately 87 per cent of the people are Polynesian cooking island Maoris, most of whom also have other ancestors. They are related to the Maoris of New Zealand and the Tahitians, although the Pukapukans are one of a kind because they are nearer to the Samoans.
Nearly everyone on Rarotonga and most people on the Out Islands speaks perfect English, while their native language will be one of the 11 Cook Islands Maori vernacular. More than half of the inhabitants are living on Rarotonga, only 13 per cent are living in the north group. The Cook Islanders are living near the coast, except in Atiu and Mauke, where they are indigenous.
Old reed-roofed Kikow homes have almost vanished from the Cook Islands, although they are colder, more aesthetic and much less expensive to construct than contemporary homes. Some 20,000 Cook Islanders are living on their home islands, about 60,000 in New Zealand and another 10,000 in Australia. The number of emigrants to New Zealand rose sharply after the opening of the New Zealand International Trade Fair in 1973.
Migration trends turned around in the 80s and many ex-Islands came back from New Zealand to start tourism-related enterprises, but due to the 1996 financial turmoil, the constant influx of people to New Zealand and Australia increased again and the overall populations sank. The chefs have almost no Chineses because New Zealand Prime Minister Richard Seddon deliberately instituted a politics of discriminatory behaviour in 1901, even though many insulans have some sort of traditional Chineseblood from the nineteenth centuary attendance of China merchants.
The Maori's right to their lands was safeguarded under the UK and New Zealand regime and no lands were ever outsourced. The colonies of Britain and New Zealand were founded with the consent ofriki. Nowadays, materialsism, political parties and immigration to New Zealand are rooting out the authorities of the Aryans.
The Ariki tracks are terrestrial and cannot be taken abroad (the track is transferred to another member of the Ariki familiy if one owner chooses to move to New Zealand). Up to self-administration, Cook Islanders were only permitted to drink if they had a licence; now it is a serious societal issue.