Flag of the Cook Islands

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The Cook Islands
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg
Use Civil and state flag
Proportion 1:2
Adopted August 4, 1979
Design Blue ensign with a ring of fifteen white stars in the fly.

The flag of the Cook Islands, officially known as the Cook Islands Ensign, is based on the traditional design for former British colonies in the Pacific region. It is a blue ensign containing the Union Flag in the upper left, and on the right, fifteen stars in a ring. The Union Flag is symbolic of the nation's historic ties to the United Kingdom and to the Commonwealth of Nations. The stars stand for the fifteen islands that make up the Cook Islands (Tongareva, Rakahanga, Manihiki, Pukapuka, Nassau, Suwarrow, Palmerston, Aitutaki, Manuae, Takutea, Aitu, Mitiaro, Mauke, Rarotonga and Mangaia). The blue represents the ocean and the peaceful nature of the inhabitants.

From 1973 to 1979, the flag was green with the stars in yellow shifted towards the fly. The green colour represented continuous growth and life; the yellow represented the faith, love, happiness, and commitment shown by the islanders. The circle represented the union of the islands and the union between the islanders and the land itself.1

Historical flags

Flag of the Queen's Representative in the Cook Islands
 Flag of the Kingdom of Rarotonga between 1858 – 1888
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Kingdom of Rarotonga between 1858 – 1888
 Flag of the Kingdom of Rarotonga between 1888 – 1893
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Kingdom of Rarotonga between 1888 – 1893
 Flag of the Cook Islands Federation from 1893 to June 11, 1901
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Cook Islands Federation from 1893 to June 11, 1901
 Flag of the Cook Islands between June 11, 1901 – March 24, 1902
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Cook Islands between June 11, 1901 – March 24, 1902
 Flag of the Cook Islands from March 24, 1902 to July 23, 1973
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Cook Islands from March 24, 1902 to July 23, 1973
 Flag of the Cook Islands from July 23, 1973 to October 4, 1979
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Cook Islands from July 23, 1973 to October 4, 1979

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