Raro identity to share her life story

Thursday August 09, 2018 Written by Published in Local

Rarotonga identity Noeline Browne will share her early memories of life in Manu’a, the family home in Taputapuatea at the USP plus meeting at the USP Campus in Takamoa next Wednesday.


Browne describes those times as “magic days.” Life was that of an extended family, including two siblings. Her father worked several plantations and kept horses at the rear of Manu’a.

When Browne was still a child the family relocated to Auckland, New Zealand. There they recreated Manu’a. The magic life continued. At Auckland University she managed to pass all her anthropology and English courses, but for her, university life was more about joining causes to correct social injustice.

While at university Browne met and married Anthony Turoa. A few years later they moved to Rarotonga.

But life was hard economically, so they returned to Auckland. Soon after, they and their three sons moved to Australia. In 1989 Browne returned to Rarotonga to assist her mother with tribal matters.

She also enrolled in political studies and journalism at USP. At the time Browne was working as a reporter for CINews.

She moved back to Sydney in 1990, living there with her sons until 2002, when she again returned to Rarotonga, to assist her mother with tribal and family matters.

This involvement included being invested with the title Itaata Rangatira O Kainuku.

In 2016 Browne became the first Cook Islands student to complete USP’s Bachelor of Laws through on-line courses undertaken fully in-country at USP’s Cook Islands Campus.

She is now using her knowledge of law to help her family and tribe improve the wellbeing of Cook Islanders.

The meeting will begin at 7.00 pm.   

            - John Hay

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