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Located 90 km south of Pukapuka, the small island of Nassau is covered with palms, and is the only island of the Northern Group without a lagoon. It rises to a height of 9 metres and is surrounded by a narrow reef flat which is 90 to 130 metres wide on all but the north side where it's narrower. The village is located in the north-west. Inland there are rich taro swamps and fruit groves, and offshore there is good fishing. It has a population of 70, according to the 2001 census. Pukapuka is a coral atoll in the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean. ...
The island was severely damaged in February, 2005 by Cyclone Percy and recovery work is expected to take several years.
There being no airport, access is limited to inter-island ship from Rarotonga, a voyage of three days or more. Rarotonga Island from space, September 1994 A picture taken in Rarotonga. ...
Categories: Cleanup from September 2005 | Cook Islands | Oceania geography stubs
The CookIslands are bordered to the south by Tokelau, the Samoas and Niue and to the east by Tahiti and the islands of French Polynesia.
The northern CookIslands (Nassau, Palmerston, Penrhyn, Manihiki, Rakahanga, Pukapuka and Suwarrow).
The islands were proclaimed a British protectorate in 1888 and were annexed by New Zealand in 1901… in 1965 the CookIslands chose internal self government in free association with New Zealand and are free to unilaterally declare their complete independence… the emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.
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