Cook Islands Act 1915 (No. 40 of 1915). | Land Portal

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This Act of New Zealand, consisting of 24 Parts and three Schedules, provides for matters of government of the Cook Islands, for various matters of general law of the Cook Islands and for the administration of various matters relating to public and private land.The Act provides for the institution of Island Councils and the High Court of the Cook Islands. It defines criminal offences and prescribes criminal procedures. A large part of the Act is dedicated to matters affecting land such as the administration of Crown land, the Land Court and relative proceedings and the rights and obligations relative to native and customary land. Part X concerns the grant of interests in Crown land and the taking of land for public purposes. Existing reserves of land shall be deemed to be established under this Act. Part XI provides for the establishment of the Land Court and the appointment of Registrars of the Land Court. It defines jurisdiction of the Land Court and provides with respect to Order of the Court. It also regulates access to native land. Part XII contains provisions relative to customary land and the definition of customary title in land. Other Parts of the Act deal with partition and exchange of native land, alienation of native land, native succession and other legal issues affecting natives.

Amended by: Cook Islands Amendment Act 1982 (No. 4 of 1982). (1982-11-23)
Amended by: Cook Islands Amendment Act 1970 (No. 56 of 1970). (1970-11-27)
Amended by: Cook Islands Amendment (No 2) Act 1970 (No. 4 of 1970). (1970-08-28)
Amended by: Cook Islands Amendment Act 1957. (1957-10-25)
Amended by: Cook Islands Amendment Act 1965 (No. 1 of 1965). (1965-07-01)

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The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars.

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