The 15 volcanic islands and coral atolls of the Cook Islands are scattered over 770,000 square miles of the South Pacific, between American Samoa to the west and French Polynesia to the east.
A former British protectorate, the territory is a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand. Its economy centres on tourism; the territory’s natural assets include fine beaches and volcanic mountains.
Named after Captain Cook, who explored them in 1773, the islands were once autonomous, home to tribes of mixed Polynesian ancestry. Governments still seek advice on matters of culture, custom and land ownership from a council of hereditary leaders known as the House of Ariki.
The main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga. There is a much larger population of Cook Islanders in New Zealand. Although Cook Islanders are citizens of New Zealand, they have the status of Cook Islands nationals, which is not given to other New Zealand citizens.
The objectives of AFI Cook Islands include:
- Encouraging participation at the grassroots level, with a focus on youth and community development
- Establishing Footy 9s in the Cook Islands school sports curriculum at both primary and secondary level
- Providing players with the opportunity to compete in competitions at school and club level in the Cook Islands
- Establishing National Teams (men & women) to compete in matches against other countries
- Securing recognition of Footy 9s as an official sport in the Cook Islands
If you are interested in being involved, please contact us.