I was greeted with a warm “kia orana” from owners Ngamata and Bobby Browne.
Now retired, the Brownes have operated this stall for over a year. I had previously met Bobby when he worked at Raro Records, owned by Nia Heather. Bobby worked at Raro Records for 21 years, a great achievement in anyone’s language. He is also a well-known entertainer, recording artist, musician and musical director.
His son, Anania Browne, is an up-and-coming guitar legend in his own right, so the musical talent has obviously been passed from father to son.
Bobby and Ngamata’s stall was packed with lots of goodies, nearly all of them made by Ngamata. They included cushion covers, hand painted pareu, and sheets, ei handbags, cushions, shopping bags, fridge magnets, shot glasses and Bobby’s CDs and DVDs.
All these items were for sale at reasonable prices, in spite of the work that had clearly gone into manufacturing them. Check out this brilliant stall for that gift to take back overseas, or for souvenirs of the Cook Islands.
The market is open from 8 am to 12 noon on Saturdays and a few stalls and huts are also open during the week.
An island show sponsored by Highland Paradise is held at the market every Saturday and usually starts around 10.30am.
BSP bank has an ATM at the market on Saturdays and Bluesky has a handy stall where you can top up your mobile phone.
- Susan Tealby