S Pacific islands inhabited by Polynesians; dependency of New Zealand. Area: 84 sq. mi. Discovered by James Cook 1773 to 1777; annexed to New Zealand 1901. J. Williams* was pioneer miss. in Rarotonga. Missions throughout the islands by the LMS Many converts have been zealous as evangelists, even as far as the Loyalty Islands. The RC Ch. also has missions. See also Polynesia.
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