The duo first arrived to the island eight weeks ago to run South Pacific Canvas Ltd.
The warm welcome and simple way of life came as a big surprise - so much so, that they now regard the island as a “home away from home”.
Troy and Collier moved from Hamilton, New Zealand to Rarotonga after purchasing local company Weathermaster.
Collier said they wanted to have their own identity to take the business into the future and rebranded it as “South Pacific Canvas”.
The business provides a variety of services including construction and installation of clear screens and shade sails, canvas products and canvas repairs, as well as making covers for boats and consoles.
Troy says the company has the latest machinery, enabling the couple to deliver a professional service and a wide range of products.
“We are able to weld PVC. A very strong joining of PVC can be achieved, adding strength and longevity to the product supplied for your home or business..
Troy has 24 years’ experience in the canvas making trade in New Zealand, while Collier has extensive experience in retail management. She has also worked in Maori mental health and as a teacher aide. Together, the couple run a flourishing business that meets a range of community needs.
As well as constructing and installing clear screens and shade sails, canvas products and canvas repairs, they make all types of covers for boats and consoles.
South Pacific Canvas also covers truck and car seats and makes customised covers for boats, barbecue sets, machinery and even washing machines.
The company not only caters for residential needs but services businesses requiring product maintenance and repairs and offers new solutions for rain, sun or wind protection problems.
South Pacific Canvas also supplies and fits security screens for doors and windows, and can fit screens to keep out pests.
“We are the exclusive agents for the iconic Weathermaster brand so we can offer a superb range of blinds and awnings, shutters and umbrellas. We can also supply material for those making traditional drums,” Collier said.
“We offer window tinting as an option to reduce strong sunlight coming through windows in your home or business and we also stock the Weathermaster brand of blinds and awnings.”
The couple are happy to visit local homes or premises to look at how they can help.
“We can also provide quotes so that you can make informed decisions to suit your budget,” Collier added.
The pair are excited to be part of the local community, and are enjoying the local produce and markets.
“We find everyone to be very busy and hardworking on the island, but always ready to have a chat with you,” Collier said.
She said they had enjoyed learning the history and ancient culture of the island. She added that she also felt connected on deeper levels through her Maori heritage.
South Pacific Canvas opens Monday to Friday from 8am-4.30pm and is located in Nikao opposite Toa’s offices.