Not so long ago, Tina Maoate got a worried phone-call from the old mama across the road at Turangi.
* New Zealand sending officials to Raro this week to plan air-bridge
* Prime Minister Puna upbeat about Cooks’ readiness for tourists
* But tourism industry ‘disheartened’ at the continued delays
The battle to lead the Pacific Forum is becoming increasingly fragmented – and that may just give Henry Puna a chance to come through the middle.
Senior men’s and women’s rugby was cancelled this weekend out of respect for Ngatokorua Ata Piakura, who passed away on Saturday morning.