The Cook Islands consists of a total of 15 islands of which 12 are inhabited, spread out over a total of 2.2million square kilometers. The majority of the inhabitants of the Cook Islands live on the island of Rarotonga with the country’s capital, Avarua. Local Government is made up of island councils headed by a mayor. There are eleven island councils in total which include: Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro, Penryhn, Pukapuka, Nassau, Rakahanga, Manihiki and Palmerston.
- Rongomatane Ada Nicholls, Ariki of Atiu Island
- Inangaro Taia, Mitiaro Island
- Tohoa Tuteru, Rakahanga Island
- Tuerei Taimai, Rarotonga Island
- Taputu Mariri, Mauke Island
- Tuki Wright, Pukapuka Island
- Teoire Terekainuku, Aitutaki Island
- Eimoana Taia, Mauke Island
- Wainika Taana, Rakahanga Island
- Justine Tuatai William, Manihiki Island
Click here for a full copy of women’s stories from the Cook Islands: Cook Islands: Pa Enua: A selection of stories of women’s leadership from the Cook Islands’ Pa Enua (Outer Islands).