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Avarua is the capital and largest town in the Cook Islands. It is situated on the island of Rarotonga which is the most populous island of the Cook Islands. Avarua has several supermarkets, two banks, several restaurants and other shops specializing in the sale of black pearls and other handicrafts. The economy is based on tourism, trade, fishing and agriculture.The Cook Islands is in Oceana. A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. Tropical oceanic; moderated by trade winds; dry season (April to November) and more humid season (December to March). Low coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south.The main languages are English and Cook Islands Maori. The main religions are Christianity.The Economy of the Cook Islands is isolated from foreign markets, has inadequate infrastructure, lacks major natural resources and suffers greatly from natural disasters. Agriculture is the main economic base while there is limited manufacturing. The Cook Islands economy is reliant on foreign aid, mostly from New Zealand.The population is 0.005 Mil (2014 est.), while the iinflation rate is 2.2% (2014 est.).