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The man in charge of maintaining law and order in Cook Islands

Saturday 5 December 2020 | Written by Derek Fox | Published in Features, Weekend

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The man in charge of maintaining law and order in Cook Islands
Cook Islands Police Deputy Commissioner Akatauira Matapo with his sister, daughter and grand children in Mauke last year. SUPPLIED/20120440

In 1976, a 15-year-old boy from Mauke was about to sail out into the world. Up until then Mauke was his world; he’d never been anywhere else, and for 15 years had enjoyed an idyllic island boy life.

In 1976, a 15-year-old boy from Mauke was about to sail out into the world. Up until then Mauke was his world; he’d never been anywhere else, and for 15 years had enjoyed an idyllic island boy life.


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