Special lunch for quarantined mum

Monday May 11, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Tina Kae with her daughter TeMana Toa dropping off Mother’s Day gifts and lunch for Mii Kae yesterday at the Edgewater Resort where the returning Cook Islanders, who were left stranded in New Zealand, are being quarantined. Picture: RASHNEEL KUMAR/ 20051005 Tina Kae with her daughter TeMana Toa dropping off Mother’s Day gifts and lunch for Mii Kae yesterday at the Edgewater Resort where the returning Cook Islanders, who were left stranded in New Zealand, are being quarantined. Picture: RASHNEEL KUMAR/ 20051005

When Tina Kae asked her mum Mii what she wanted for Mother’s Day lunch, the answer was not surprising.

Mii, who is in quarantine at the Edgewater Resort and Spa, had a simple request – corned beef, bok choy and coconut cream – the favourite local dish.

The member of the Cook Islands Netball Mamas team arrived home on Friday with the first lot of Cook Islanders, who were left stranded in New Zealand after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Tina said while she was not able to spend Mother’s Day with her mum – the first in the past 11 years – she wanted to make her day special by getting her some home cooked food.

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“We didn’t cook too much. We just made some taro, coconut cream, got some oranges and other stuff. She specially asked for coconut cream, bok choy and corned beef.

“She is living in a villa with five other people so we made sure there was enough for everyone.”

Tina also dropped off a bouquet of flowers and gift at the Edgewater Resort counter to be passed to her mum.

A little later she received a call from an emotional Mii who was touched by her daughter’s gesture.

“She was crying of course. We only did so little for her but she was so happy with that. We just wanted to make her feel more at home.”
Tina said they were planning on a bigger celebration when her mum finishes her 14-day quarantine.

“We are waiting for the day we get to embrace her fully and tightly. In fact that will be a week before her birthday. We are very excited about that.

“I think she is really missing riding around on her bike.”

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