Outer islands residents have suffered “economic vacancy” in silence for far too long, while Rarotonga and Aitutaki enjoy the bounty of “developed” status economy without them, says Merchant of Paradise Fred Webb. Webb is calling for support for Merchant of Paradise’s ambitious development plan for the outer islands, in partnership with Chinese interests under One China Policy (OCP).
Tarani Greig and Monica Boucek so enjoyed their trip to the northern islands on the Layar Mas recently, they decided to write a story about it. This is their account of a trip of a lifetime, to Manihiki and Rakahanga.
The thunderous beat of traditional drums resounded around the port of Avatiu yesterday afternoon as the vessel Tahiti Nui entered the harbour, carrying around 180 people from Manihiki.
A huge crowd of people thronged Avatiu Wharf yesterday afternoon, ready to greet family and friends arriving on Rarotonga from the islands of Rakahanga, Penrhyn, Pukapuka and Nassau.
It will cost nearly $1.8 million to transport outer islanders participating in Te Maeva Nui celebrations to Rarotonga and to return them to their home islands at the end of the monster celebration.
The Ministry of Marine Resources has confirmed that it advised against the harvest of pa’ua (giant clams) from the uninhabited island of Manuae by the Aitutaki Island Government (AIG) for the upcoming Te Maeva Nui Constitution celebrations.
After spending 10 days in Rarotonga, New Zealand yachties Mike George and Sue Harvey were headed north to Suwarrow yesterday, carrying with them a load of general stores and gardening tools for National Environment Service rangers Harry Papai and John Samuel – along with a box of beers courtesy of Te Ipukarea Society.
As the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project management unit (PMU) prepares a full report from its extensive environmental investigations, they are able to report one of the key findings - that groundwater in the Muri catchment is directly connected to water in Muri Lagoon.