Coat of arms of the Cook Islands
|Coat of arms of the Cook Islands|
|Armiger||Charles III in Right of New Zealand|
|Supporters||Flying fish (maroro) and white tern (kakaia)|
The coat of arms of the Cook Islands has a shield as its focal point. The shield is blue with fifteen white stars arranged in a circle, as found on the national flag, and is supported by a flying fish (maroro) and a white tern (kakaia). The helmet is an ariki head-dress (pare kura) of red feathers, symbolising the importance of the traditional rank system, and the name of the nation is on a scroll below the shield. The achievement is augmented by a cross and a Rarotongan club (momore taringavaru) used by orators during traditional discourses, respectively symbolizing Christianity and the richness of Cook Islands' tradition, placed in saltire behind the shield.
- "Description of the Cook Islands Coat of Arms". Office of the Prime Minister, Cook Islands. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
- Melina Etches (16 March 2021). "Coat of Arms designer Papa Motu Kora laid to rest". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 17 March 2021.