25 Jun 2015

Cook Islands independence documentary 1965

From , 2:59 pm on 25 June 2015

This year, on the 4th of August, the Cook Islands will celebrate 50 years of becoming a self-governing country in free association with New Zealand.

Cook Islands stamps, 1965.

Cook Islands stamps, 1965. Photo: Archives New Zealand

This archival programme was recorded in 1965 in the lead up to the Cook Islands becoming self-governing. The presenter speaks to the Sudanese leader of the United Nations observer group which supervised that year's elections in the Cook Islands.  He also speaks to locals about becoming self-governing, including the first man to become prime minister of Cook Islands, Albert Henry.

Nga Taonga official LOGO from AugArchival audio supplied by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.