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VAT rises to 15%
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Right:  Packs of stray dogs on a new initiative could help to solve the problem
2014 sees the 10th anniversary of this website.  Over those years, it has grown to become the most complete source of information about all of the Islands with more than 8 million pages viewed.   It is a single-handed labour of love and the author's aim is the same as on day share with you a passion for a unique piece of paradise. So, meitaki maata (many thanks) for dropping by...and I hope that this is also the year you are able to visit the Islands yourself.   Meet the author       Contact the author
unique visits so far in 2014
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17 Apr: Dancer of the year contest starts (continues to May 1)
19 Apr: Tin man triathlon
25 Apr: Anzac day cricket match
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Unique memories are the lasting souvenirs of a Cook Islands visit, but if you're after something more tangible there's everything from precious black pearls to a $3 note!
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"You create your own mixture of tropical life.  White beaches.  Lagoon swimmming. Unsmogged skies.  Moonlight on palm trees.  Make up your own magic".
John W. McDermott, author of "How to get lost and found in the Cook Islands" which  inspired this site
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Packs of stray dogs wandering round Rarotonga
Part of the Penrhyn lagoon
Rito hat
The hand woven hats that are a from the heart
The centre of pearl faming,  Manihiki

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Penrhyn (Tongareva) aerial
Lying just below the equator and nearly 1200 kms from Rarotonga, PENRHYN is the largest atoll in the islands with a vast and stunning lagoon.  Islanders farm pearls and pearl shell and the remains of a a World War II bomber lies amid the lush landscape.