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Hot on the Rock
“There is always time to make a difference,” says business owner Sharna Matapuku as she shares her key philosophy around the success or her developing service ‘Helplink Cook Islands’.
Three years ago, the Muri night market housed a couple of stalls a few nights a week and tourists dotted the picnic tables in the heart of Rarotonga’s tourism centre.
It was blue sky all round as the Cook Islands International 7s presented by Bluesky brought the best out of the players and fans on the final day at the BCI Stadium.
Special guests including the Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi mingled with members of the local business community at the official launch in the Cook Islands of Federal Pacific Insurance on Wednesday night.
Ngatipa, the beautiful home of New Zealand High Commissioner Nick Hurley and his wife Christine, was transformed into a magical wonderland on Saturday night, with a wonderful display of 50 muumuus.
Punters were treated to good beer, good food and good old fashioned island grooves at the much loved Matutu Brewery Okotopafest on Saturday afternoon.
With the hum and clatter of the coffee machine, the rustic and stainless steel interior and the sweet tunes, you could be forgiven for thinking you were sipping a flat white in Wellington rather than sitting in Salt Cafe and Art Gallery in Avarua, Rarotonga.