Outer Islands

An important and previously-unknown watercolour of Mangaia, painted by the surgeon’s mate on Captain Cook’s third voyage, has been purchased by a British museum.

The best job in the world

Friday April 03, 2020

Imagine: A remote tropical island of your own, far from the reach of Covid-19, where you would spend all your days swimming and fishing and relaxing on the beach with your partner.

Air Raro supplies the Pa Enua

Thursday April 02, 2020

Air Rarotonga has resumed outer islands flights, just for food supplies and other cargo.

On Thursday the island of Manihiki held a Covid-19 prayer service. “People are worried for their families on Rarotonga and overseas,” says Tukao school principal Apii Napa.

Growing our own food

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Quentin Schofield’s family have started their own vegetable food garden, in case the coronavirus pandemic lasts for months: “No one really knows.”

As Rarotonga locks in border control, life goes as usual on Pukapuka.

Cheap veges in Aitutaki

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Aunty Nane had just planted more of her hydronic vegetable in her garden on Aitutaki, when the orders from the resorts dried up.

The unexpected arrival of a container-load of chicken, sausages and ice cream is like manna from heaven for Mangaia.

Learning from the Pa Enua

Saturday March 14, 2020

On the Pa Enua, people don’t complain, they always have food, says a Mitiaro doctoral student. They don’t abuse the ocean, they get what they need and give the rest to other families. 

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