Many thanks to Gill, who sent this postcard to Geography Cat from her holiday to the largest of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga.
The Cook Islands announced their intention to change their name to something which is more in keeping with their ‘true Polynesian nature’, as reported by the worldwide press.
Geography Cat is surprised that the name hasn’t been changed already. But there’s always something pressing to do, so it’s probably been on the back burner for a while. Names are important though. Products in the marketplace have their names changed to suit different markets and different times. But the name of a nation is also the name of a people, and so it is all the more crucial.
The Cook Islands are a group of 15 volcanic islands and atolls in the South Pacific. They have been inhabited since the sixth century,
An atoll is a coral reef in a ring shape around the eroded crater top of an extinct volcano.
Watch this clip to learn more about the formation of atolls:
Geography Cat hopes the Cook Islanders decide on a more appropriate name for themselves soon and looks forward to the celebrations. Sadly he will have to celebrate from a great distance as Geography Cat doesn’t travel well.