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Penrhyn left waiting for food, money

Tuesday January 24, 2017 Written by Published in Outer Islands
The Tiare Taporo pictured at Avatiu Wharf last week after it had been moved to allow Taio Shipping Services’ vessel Moana Nui to take on cargo. 17012314 The Tiare Taporo pictured at Avatiu Wharf last week after it had been moved to allow Taio Shipping Services’ vessel Moana Nui to take on cargo. 17012314

Penrhyn residents want to know why Pacific Schooners Ltd has failed to deliver building supplies, food and other goods to the island.


They also want to know why they haven’t been paid for fish and handcrafts the company was given last year to sell on their behalf.

And they say if the Tiare Taporo cannot provide a reliable service, they don’t want to see it back at the island.

Speaking on behalf of the people of Penrhyn, Tini Ford said since the Tiare Taporo’s visit in June, the vessel had not returned to the island with supplies residents had ordered last year.

“We have been waiting for our building materials and food supplies. Tiare Taporo has not delivered them and the people are getting frustrated.”

Ford said the vessel owners must be questioned as to why they had taken so long to inform the people about the controversial boat’s delays and what had happened to their supplies.

“We want answers from them. I feel sorry for our people, we gave them (Pacific Schooners) fish such as skipjack tuna to sell in Rarotonga and thought this would bring some income for the fishermen.

“But our men have not received a single payment from the vessel. Our freezers are also on board the vessel, and now we are trying to make arrangements with Taio shipping to get them back.

“We have to pay Taio Shipping and our fishermen can’t afford to pay for the return of the freezers. Who will help us?”

Ford said women residents had supplied Tiare Taporo with handcrafted items including brooms and hats, but they, too, had not been paid.

“We need to pay our power and phone bills. But maybe it’s time that Penrhyn wakes up. We do not want this vessel to return to this island,”

Ford said phone calls made to Pacific Schooners Ltd’s head office in Rarotonga had gone unanswered.

Recently Pacific Schooners director Garth Broadhead confirmed the Tiare Taporo, which has been berthed at Avatiu wharf since September last year, would sail on January 21 this year. But he later contradicted this by saying sailing dates would be announced “in due course”.

Earlier he told CI News Pacific Schooners expected to make eight trips to the outer islands compared to the four trips it made last year.

Questions sent to Pacific Schooners regarding its dealings with Penrhyn residents have gone unanswered.

Meanwhile, it seems Penrhyn MP Willie John doesn’t have much to say about the issue. John told CI News yesterday he was “disappointed” about the services provided by Tiare Taporo and did not understand what had happened to the vessel.

He said he hoped the vessel’s services to the people of Penrhyn would resume soon.


  • Comment Link nikoia tautu Friday, 03 February 2017 22:48 posted by nikoia tautu

    who do these guys think they are? someone needs to pay up.

  • Comment Link Ron Friday, 27 January 2017 17:24 posted by Ron

    CROOKS !

  • Comment Link  Tai Benedito Wednesday, 25 January 2017 22:26 posted by Tai Benedito

    This is BS from a company that has a monopoly on the locals of Penrhyn, come on government officials do something about this. It is simple pay for the items you took and deliver the goods and freezers. Stop being a bully Pacific Schooners and MP Willie John do some work for your people, prove to the Island they chose the right man.

  • Comment Link Rebecca Bux Tuesday, 24 January 2017 20:43 posted by Rebecca Bux

    Give the people their money and freezers back.
    Bloody low lifes. Taking advantage of these people.