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Prominent members of the Atiu community hope the successor to the Rongomatane throne will act as a role model for young Atiuans to come home.
The Lady Moana departed for Palmerston and Pukapuka yesterday afternoon with 22 passengers aboard, ahead of warnings, later dropped, that Rarotonga could encounter heavy swells and high winds severe enough to require evacuation of the harbour by today.
Cook Islands Trading Corporation Limited (CITC) handed over two recycle centres for two schools in the northern islands group earlier this week.
Stranded cargo vessel Moana Nui has been washed off the reef in Nassau and is now blocking the entrance to the island’s harbour as bad weather pounds the northern group island.
The secretary of the Atiu community has extended a big meitaki to all of those who help organise the funeral of the late Ada Teaupurepure Rongomatane Ariki.
Rarotonga residents have well-documented problems with their waste disposal practices, but on the outer islands, the situation is even worse.