The Flag of The Cook Islands

The flag of the Cook Islands features a blue field with the Union Jack in the canton, reflecting the islands' historical ties to New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the fly, a circle of 15 white stars represents the 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands. The blue symbolizes the vast Pacific Ocean that surrounds the islands.

The Flag of The Cook Islands

History

The current flag of the Cook Islands was adopted on August 4, 1979, replacing a previous version that had been in use since 1973. The original flag, adopted shortly after the islands were granted self-governing status in free association with New Zealand in 1965, also featured the Union Jack and stars, but the design was slightly different. The 1979 revision to the flag's design, which introduced the current arrangement of stars in a circle and specified the shade of blue, was intended to better represent the Cook Islands' identity and the autonomy of its government while maintaining a connection to its historical ties with New Zealand and the British Crown.