The Cook Islands are one of the most likely origins of the Māori people. In 1934 the New Zealand government paid £1, 500 for 30 Cook Islanders to attend the opening of the Treaty House at Waitangi. They also visited Tokomaru Bay, giving the Ngāti Porou marae there a second name – Te Hono ki Rarotonga (that which binds us to Rarotonga).
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