|geographic coordinates:||21 12 S, 159 46 W|
|time difference:||UTC - 10|
|daylight saving time:||NO|
Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.