Born on the first day of a new year

Friday January 04, 2019 Written by Published in Local

Thora Teremoana Hewett, pictured with proud mother Raroua Hewitt, is the only baby born into our world at Rarotonga Hospital on New Year’s Day 2019.


She was born at 6.42am and weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces.

Thora is the first child for her proud mother, who is from Vaipae in Aitutaki.

Hewett arrived on Rarotonga on Friday, giving birth to her daughter four days later.

She said little Thora has been sleeping and eating well, and she hoped the family would return to Aitutaki sometime soon.

Earlier this week the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said an estimated 740 children would be born in the Pacific Islands on New Year’s Day 2019. 

One of the first babies to arrive in the world for 2019 was born at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji, between 12 – 12.01am to proud mother Losena Adi Bale. Story, page 13.   

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