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United in keeping the virus away

Wednesday March 25, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Happy faces of the Apii Ruamanu junior pupils with teachers Miss Taio and Miss Kaitara. 22032405. Happy faces of the Apii Ruamanu junior pupils with teachers Miss Taio and Miss Kaitara. 22032405.

The children of Apii Raumanu on the islet of Tauhunu of Manihiki are happy and smiling, and ready to battle the coronavirus.

 

The school has practised successful awareness programmes by the Ministry of Health for several weeks.

“Hygiene is a priority for us, that includes the regular washing of hands, and wipe cloths provided by the Parent Teacher Association,” said principal Anna Rauru.

“The children are fully aware of what is happening and about Covid-19. 

“Social distancing is being imposed in the community; volleyball gathering nights are on a halt as of this week.”

Rauru said, the latest ship arrived two weeks ago.

“People have stocked up with the main basic food of rice, flour, sugar, cabin bread and chicken.

“We are all here in Manihiki and praying that the virus will never reach our islands.

“It is good that no planes are flying here, except for emergencies.

“We are united in keeping the virus away from our little atoll.”

Usually the island would combine for Holy Week celebrations, and this year St Anne’s Parish of Tukao was prepared to host.

But now each parish on the two islands (Holy Family Church of Tauhunu), will observe the occasion on their own.

“The students are on the two week break since Monday and are aware of the ‘stay home’ and ‘keep safe’ slogan, with homework to keep them occupied.

“To the schools and the people of the Cook Islands, we keep all of us in our prayers, na te Atua e tiaki mai ia tatou.

“Tamariki Kuki Airani, the future of our nation will continue to smile brighten up our lives.”

Manihiki’s two populated islets are Tauhunu where Apii Ruamanu is located, and Tukao (the location of the airstrip). Tauhunu has a population of approximately 200.