When Cook Islanders around the world ordered flowers for their mums back home on Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Mangaia, some expected the roses and carnations that are traditional overseas.
We can’t hug them, but we wanted to be here, to see them pass by. That was the message of love from countless Cook Islanders as Rarotonga ground to a halt yesterday.
Politicians are debating whether land can be leased to bury expat workers who die in the Covid-19 shutdown – or whether government should take land by warrant for burial plots.
The return of about 130 Cook Islands residents on a special flight today will be bittersweet. No ei, no hugs and kisses, no noise and laughter, no family to shower them with love.