The Cook Islands, comprised of 15 islands with a total land area of 93 square miles, is in the Pacific Ocean. It's a self-governing country and continues to adopt an independent foreign policy.
Officially, the government of New Zealand oversees its defense and foreign affairs. Its citizens can share the privileges of New Zealand citizens while maintaining their status as Cook Islanders or Cook Island nationals, which isn't a status granted to all citizens of New Zealand.
Because of its association with New Zealand, there is a large population of Cook Island nationals in the country. Most Cook Islanders are also found on Rarotonga, an island with an international airport.