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    SELF-GOVERNMENT HAS COME TO 19,000 PEOPLE ON A LONELY GROUP OF PALM-FRINGED ISLANDS IN THE PACIFIC.

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    A PROCESSION IN THE ISLANDS' MAIN TOWN OF AVARUA OF FRIDAY, CELEBRATING SELF-GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING FLOATS DEPICTING LIFE BEFORE AND DURING THE ARRIVAL OF MISSIONARIES IN 1821, THE ISLANDERS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT BUILDING FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNOR-GENERAL, SIR BERNARD FERGUSSON, REPRESENTING QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE WELCOMING SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE COOK ISLAND, MR. ALBERT HENRY, AND MR. KEITH HOLYOAKE. THEN SCENES INSIDE PARLIAMENT THE FOLLOWING DAY (SATURDAY) WHEN IT WAS OPENED BY THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL.




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    Background: SELF-GOVERNMENT HAS COME TO 19,000 PEOPLE ON A LONELY GROUP OF PALM-FRINGED ISLANDS IN THE PACIFIC. THEY ARE THE COOK ISLANDERS, LIVING ON AN ATOLL 1600 MILES (2560 KMS) NORTH-WEST OF THEIR PARENT COUNTRY, NEW ZEALAND. AT THE WEEKEND THEY CAME OF AGE WHEN THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT GRANTED THEM INTERNAL RULE.

    MR. HOLYOAKE, WHO WAS THE FIRST NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT THE ISLANDS FOR 20 YEARS, SAID AT THE CELEBRATIONS THAT THE TWO COUNTRIES WERE NOW CLOSER TOGETHER THAN BEFORE AND HE DID NOT EXPECT ANYTHING TO COME BETWEEN THIS RELATIONSHIP. NEW ZEALAND WILL CONTINUE TO HANDLE THE ISLANDS' FOREIGN RELATIONS AND PROVIDE AN ANNUAL SUBSIDY OF GBP1 MILLION STERLING.

    MR. HENRY, THE ISLANDS' FIRST PRIME MINISTER, SAID HE HOPED THE ECONOMY WOULD BE STRONG ENOUGH WITHIN FIVE YEARS TO DO WITHOUT THE GRANT. HE ALREADY HAS AN ECONOMIC PLAN AIMED AT LEADING HIS PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR PRESENT SUBSISTENCE STANDARD OF LIVING UNDER THE COCONUT PALMS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7GDGE0OVAY9KM6OZMA68USGZC
    Media URN:
    VLVA7GDGE0OVAY9KM6OZMA68USGZC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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