Auckland Libraries: Popular Cook Islands nonfiction

Popular Cook Islands nonfiction

Some popular Cook Islands nonfiction books you may enjoy from our Pacific collection.

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Patterns of the past

Therese Mangos

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This book traces the history and practice of tātatau (tattoo) in the Cook Islands through the ancient oral traditions of its people, reports of often repressive early Western visitors and rich archival material.

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Real crime island time

Rod Henderson

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For a tiny island, miles away from the nearest civilisation, tropical Rarotonga has more than its fair share of intrigue, murder and mystery. This book covers the true crimes that have long added a menacing twist to the ‘Jewel of the Pacific’.

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Miss Ulysses from Puka-Puka

Johnny Frisbie

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Miss Ulysses from Puka-Puka the first book written by a Polynesian woman. It tells the amazing story of a young girl growing up on a remote island in the Cook Islands. Written when Johnny was between the ages of 12 and 14, and published in 1948.

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Sailing with Cook

Suzanne Rickard

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This book chronicles young James Burney's experience of shipboard life and momentous events that took place during the second voyage of exploration when he sailed with Captain Cook on the Resolution and then on the Adventure between 1772 and 1773.

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A case study of Cook Islands men in Tokoroa, New Zealand

John Natua

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Cook Islands men first arrived in Tokoroa after the 1950s, following the opening of the local Kinleith Sawmill. Jobs were readily available as a workforce was required to service the timber industry. However, by the late 1980s the trend had reversed.

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The rahui

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Information on the rahui, and its use in environmental protection, resource management, and political assertion.

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Mātini

Rachel Michele Teana Reeves

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For the inhabitants of two small villages of Manihiki Atoll, November 1 began just like any other Saturday. But then something changed. Within hours, Manihiki was hit by a series of waves. The Islanders knew that Mātini had officially arrived.

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Soldiers from the Pacific

Howard Weddell

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During World War One over 1,000 men from Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa and Norfolk Island volunteered to join the New Zealand Military Forces. They served New Zealand and, finally, this is their story.

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Sonja's kitchen

Dee Pignéguy

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This is not just a cook book. It also takes the reader on a walk through the lush vegetation of the Cook Islands, while explaining the importance of each plant to the survival of the islands and the role that they play in island culture.

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Cook Islands art

Dale Idiens

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The Cook Islands are home to a rich artistic tradition and a remarkable level of craftsmanship in a variety of materials: stone, shell, ivory, wood, leaf and feathers.

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