Mamas start tough isolation regime today

Thursday April 23, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Golden Oldies netball mamas Kathy Koteka, Mii Hosking, Vai Henry, Tereau Simmons and Elizabeth Hosking-Kairua at Rarotonga Airport before leaving for Hawaii. 20031337. Golden Oldies netball mamas Kathy Koteka, Mii Hosking, Vai Henry, Tereau Simmons and Elizabeth Hosking-Kairua at Rarotonga Airport before leaving for Hawaii. 20031337.

Returning Cook Islands residents will undergo 28 more days controlled lockdown in hotels in Auckland and Rarotonga before being allowed to return to family.

Golden Oldie netball mamas stranded in New Zealand will be first to enter supervised quarantine in Auckland starting today.

Government officials have begun contacting people who have registered to travel to Rarotonga. The first cohort will be shifted to a managed isolation facility, believed to be the Holiday Inn in Mangere, for 14 days.

Among them are the 38 members of the Golden Oldie Mamas netball squad who have been self-isolating at a hostel in Mangere. Last night they were preparing for their move.

But some Cook Islanders say it’s too much – that another four weeks on top of the time they’ve already done in isolation will be traumatic. Towards the end of two week quarantine, the returning residents will undergo a Covid-19 test before being allowed to fly to Rarotonga.

On arrival in Rarotonga, the travellers will be required to undergo a further two weeks of supervised quarantine in a disused resort, and another Covid-19 test, before being allowed back into the community at large.

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University student Hareta Tiraa Passfield, one of the Cook Islanders stranded in Auckland, said she won’t be taking part in the four weeks quarantine.

“It will mentally affect me being locked up in a room for another two weeks here. I have already spent four weeks stuck in a lockdown, now I will be required to do another two weeks in supervised quarantine here and then in the Cook Islands. This is utterly ridiculous to me. I have decided not to do this.”

She says it will take six weeks from now for the third and final lot of residents to get through supervised quarantine in Auckland. Passfield hopes by then, the Cook Islands borders will reopen for New Zealand visitors.

The government says Cook Islands is one of only a handful of countries  free from the virus and is determined to keep it out.

Secretary of Health Dr Josephine Aumea Herman,  is in New Zealand to oversee the process.

“I appreciate that some people have become frustrated waiting for the opportunity to return home,” she said.

“But I hope they also realise that back home the whole country has been working very hard to ensure that our people have a safe place to return to.”

The first repatriation flight is scheduled to arriving in Rarotonga on Friday, May 8. There are two flights planned.

7 comments

  • Comment Link Q Friday, 24 April 2020 02:08 posted by Q

    Utterly ridiculous? You are utterly selfish to think it is ridiculous to keep our culture alive.. clearly if you don’t proceed to the standards that NZ health ministers and Cook Island health board have met, therefore stay in NZ until all boarders are open and you can go freely spread a virus that our people don’t have, yet need! Check yourself out before going home!

  • Comment Link Stacey edwards Thursday, 23 April 2020 22:57 posted by Stacey edwards

    I think its fear enough.. i would want to follow those rules to protect that beautiful island and its people well done to our pacific.. kia kaha our pacific brothers and sisters.. well done rarotonga..

  • Comment Link Mina Cummings Thursday, 23 April 2020 22:53 posted by Mina Cummings

    I was very sad for the mamma's wanting to go home to their families. This lockdown has affected everyone around the world wanting to be with their love one's. I suppose they have to keep everyone safe from getting the virus. I suppose that's the most important thing staying alive.

  • Comment Link Poko Taramai Terekia Thursday, 23 April 2020 22:16 posted by Poko Taramai Terekia

    Message

  • Comment Link Koringo Mataatua Thursday, 23 April 2020 17:47 posted by Koringo Mataatua

    The Cook Islands Government and people have worked tirelessly to protect it's shore from Covod 19 and you should be congratulated for the hard work!! excellent job! keep it that way, we all have been in lock down, i hate it being stuck inside i have 4 more weeks till level 2 but it is what it is!!!!! kia rava te akakoromaki!!

  • Comment Link We are all in this together.  Focus on a positive outcome for all.  Te Atua Te Aroa Thursday, 23 April 2020 17:22 posted by We are all in this together. Focus on a positive outcome for all. Te Atua Te Aroa

    We are all in this together. Focus on a positive outcome for all.

  • Comment Link REPETA.Tunui.T.Onohea Thursday, 23 April 2020 10:59 posted by REPETA.Tunui.T.Onohea

    Te akaroa..

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