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THE COOK ISLANDS.

TRADE RETURNS.

REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE.

(By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.)

RAROTONGA, April 8.

The following are the returns of imports and exports for the year ending December 31st, 1902, from the Cook Group and Northern Islands: IMPORTS; From New Zealand : .20,254 From United Kingdom 617 From Australia L 257 From United States sao From Tahiti.';.."J:.. ; ........... • 4 > 939 Total ,623 "exports. To New Zealand £25 040 To Tahiti - 9<7 ° Total £34,821 The following are the chief items of export from the Cook Group: Cocoanuts, £240; coffee, £7_o; copra, £7050; candlenuts, £840; bananas, £10,270; pineapples, £650; limejuice, £720. The following are the exports from the Northern Islands: Copra, £4000; pearlshell, £9300. The following is a statement of imports and exports from 1892 to 1902: Year. Imports. Exports. 1892 £16,249 £20,337 1893 19,284 19,608 1894 22,435 20,665 1895 23,269 20,138 1896 23.068 16,819 1897 26,861 24,132 1898 18,155 12,617 1899 13,555 14,219 1900 21,181 22,379 1901 24,862 27,819 1902 27,623 34,821 REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE. The revenue for the year ending March 31st, 1902, is £6584 13/4, made up as follows: Customs duties £ 2,674 9 5 Traders' licenses 418 9 5 Post office 1432 3 0 Court fees 466 19 11 Rents 116 0 0 Miscellaneous 79 0 9 Surplus from previous year 1,697 10 10 £6,584 13 4 The total expenditure for the period has been £4725 16/11, leaving a surplus of £ 1858 10/5. The expenditure includes a sum of about £1560, the cost of the new Government buildings at Rarotonga. The estimates for this year include a sum of £800 for erection of two houses for Government officials. DEATH OF NGAMARU ARIKI. The death of Ngamaru Ariki, the husband of Queen Make . took place on the 31st ult. Some two weeks previously the deceased injured his hand whilst hammering a nail, with the result that blood poisoning of the arm set in, and, despite the attention of Dr. Gatley, death supervened. Ngamaru was at the time of his death about 72 years of age, and was married about 35 years ago to Makea, the chief Ariki of Rarotonga, by whom he had one child, who died. Ngamaru was the Ariki of the islands of Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro, and was their representative in the Federal Council He was also a native Judge of the Arikis Court at Avarua, Barotonga. He was the chief descendant of that branch of Samoan immigrants who came to Atiu under Te Eriu over 500 yejirs ago, and was also related to the natives of Bora Bora, in the Society Islands, on whose behalf he fought against the French on more than one occasion. The deceased was a man of strong personal character, and had the happy knack of ending all troublesome matters with a jocular remark. He was buried in Makea's private graveyard on the 3rd inst., the service being conducted by the Rev. W. N. Lawrence. The funeral was attended by the, whole of the European community. The election of a new Ariki has not yet taken place, but the chief natives of Atiu are expected to arrive in Rarotonga shortly for that purpose.

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THE COOK ISLANDS., Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 91, 17 April 1903

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THE COOK ISLANDS. Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 91, 17 April 1903

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