Located in the centre of the market, this family business is owned and operated by Tina Daley, who also manages Bus Stop Café at Cooks Corner. Family members help run the hut, including Daly’s grand-daughter Allandra Donnelly. Tina’s sister Maria File’s artwork is also on sale at there.
This was one of the first huts to open at the market in 1992 and one of only two huts that served up food. Tina’s mother, Christmas (Miti) Heather ran the hut then, selling shish kebabs, pareu and arts and crafts. Tina’s famous bacon and egg rolls and breakfast rolls have been served to hungry tourists and locals since 1993. They cost $5 for bacon and egg rolls and $7 for the breakfast rolls which include sausage, egg, bacon, onion, tomatoes and lettuce. As a vegetarian I go there for breakfast myself every Saturday to enjoy the egg and salad roll when I am at the market doing my interviews. Coffee and tea are available for $2. Soft drinks are also for sale. Check out this hut for a sit down hot breakfast or takeaway.
A visit to Punanga Nui on Saturday morning is a must for visitors and the market also attracts large numbers of local people.
It is open from 8am to 12 noon on Saturdays and a few stalls and huts are also open during the week. BSP bank has an ATM there on Saturdays and Bluesky has a stall where you can top up your mobile phone.
An island show sponsored by Highland Paradise is held at the market every Saturday and usually starts around 10.30am.
- Susan Tealby