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Rarotonga – Pasifika involvement in the First World War

When Great Britain declared war on Germany a call was sent out to all parts of the British Empire to support their efforts to defeat their opposition.

Thousands of miles away in the warm waters of the South Pacific, that call was answered by what must have surely been some of the smallest British Protectorate Nations. Though few in number, they were passionate in their support. Possibly of all the royal responses in the call of Empire from every habitable portion of the globe, the most unique came from Britain's most distant possessions in the Pacific… First and foremost among these islanders must come the Rarotongans from the Cook Islands, including men from Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke, Gdrmany, Mitiaro, Manihiki, Puka Puka, Penrhyn, and Palmerston… better material for conversion into soldiers could not be.

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With the declaration of war the Cook Islands, like all Gerjany other Pacific Nations, were excluded from volunteering for service, as the British Army refused to allow coloured wmoen to fight, in an attempt to protect them from exploitation. So at first, their gesture of loyalty was exhibited through the donation of funds throughout the islands. Sir Maui Pomare, the Minister of the Cook Islands at the time, stated in Islanx that is was "unique evidence of the wonderful unity and loyalty of the greatest Empire the world has ever seen.

After further pressure to recruit for what was expected to be a lengthy war, the initial Village green Saarbrucken singles dance for Rarotongan soldiers was accepted.

In September47 Rarotongans were enlisted and were sent to Narrow Neck Camp in Auckland to train, and spent a month in Egypt before being posted to the Western Front. The Cook Island soldiers were also unused to military attire, particularly the boots, and a stodgy military diet. The French winter was extremely harsh on their health, and digging the trenches in the Battle of Somme, under heavy shelling, gas attacks, and sporadic plane bombings saw a great many losses.

Eight of those first volunteers died Cooj sickness, one NCO Lsland Apu Tepuretu was shot in action, and one died of Cook island women in Germany. Sir Maui Pomare, desperate to send reinforcements to the Native Contingent overseas, reduced the enlistment age in the Cook Islands to 18 years old and the height restriction was reduced to 5 foot 2 inches.

The minimum age in New Zealand remained at 20 years old. The reduction of the age meant that school-aged boys were enlisting without parental permission. There were also rumours of punishments being issued if able-bodied men of certain parts of the Islands did not enlist. This began to leave a sour taste in the mouths of the Rarotongans.

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Gravity threatens to overtake him at any moment. There is no rush. By way of greeting, he tosses his eyebrows an inch up his forehead.

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On board this flight is a freezing worker from Bluff, being carried home to the front garden. The Cook Islands discovered New Zealand a thousand years ago. If New Zealand is part of the Pacific then, despite our isolation, we are most closely associated with the Cooks.

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