New Zealand has marked 50 years of special relations with the Cook Islands with a grant to rebuild one of the country's main schools.
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, has arrived in Rarotonga with a large delegation to celebrate the anniversary.
The pledge of nearly $11.7 million New Zealand dollars marks 50 years since the Cooks loosened ties with its neighbour through a treaty of self governance in free association with New Zealand.
The funds for the rebuild of Tereora College are on top of New Zealand's $42 million aid arrangement with the Cooks over the next three years.
Cook Islanders are also New Zealand citizens under the friendship deal and permanent migration, especially of young people, is a major headache for the Cooks.
Mr Key says schools are a cornerstone of the community and students will form the next generation of leaders.