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Mei po kerekere mai – Maire, the heart of Mauke

Saturday 14 November 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local

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Mei po kerekere mai – Maire, the heart of Mauke
Ngavaine Makitai in the makatea of Mauke to collect maire. MELINA ETCHES / 20111216.

When maire ei orders come from Rarotonga, three Mauke sisters get down to work, and trekking into the makatea with sharp jagged rocks is part of their labour. Senior journalist Melina Etches had the firsthand experience of maire ei making during her recent visit to the southern group island.

When maire ei orders come from Rarotonga, three Mauke sisters get down to work, and trekking into the makatea with sharp jagged rocks is part of their labour. Senior journalist Melina Etches had the firsthand experience of maire ei making during her recent visit to the southern group island.


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