“It’s hard to gauge exactly how many patients will be in hospital at any one time, but we have 20 in at the moment. So we’ll be catering for about 40 people including staff. We want to spoil them”, says Rebecca.
A two-course meal for breakfast will include bacon, fried tomato, hash browns, eggs and toast followed by fruit kebabs. Lunch will feature shrimp cocktail, roast pork and gravy, potato salad with rukau, maniota and sweet potato and a plum and dark chocolate trifle for dessert, washed down by a fruit juice.
Dinner will consist of chicken schnitzel with apricot and pawpaw sauce, raw fish, scallop potatoes with chocolate cake and ice-cream and a hot beverage.
Hospital visiting hours will be the same as usual for both Christmas and New Year’s day, 12 noon to 1pm and 7pm to 8pm.
At Arorangi Prison inmates will be preparing their own Christmas fare as part of their rehabilitation. While other churches take services at the prison throughout the year, for two weeks over the Christmas period they will also run their own church services.
About 30 inmates, including two women, will be enjoying “the normal Cook Islands Christmas dinner”, says Secretary of Justice Tingika Elikana. Lunch will consist of chicken, pork, ice cream and more.
No inmates will leave the premises on Christmas Day and Mr Elikana says that with normal visiting hours being between 12 and 2pm, visitors often bring food in for their relatives.