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26 July 2021
Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Local, National
Podcaster Chantal Napa, the voice behind the Kia Orana Podcast, celebrates 12 months and more than 50 episodes at On the Beach Bar and Restaurant on Thursday evening. 21052811
Tourism operator Chantal Napa has spent the past 12 months
building an international audience after travel bans forced her to look at
Napa, with the help of her United States business partner
Haydn Adams, has set about taking the Cook Islands to the world through the Kia
“We are now reaching 64 countries around the world, we are a
happy virus going out to the world,” Napa told a crowd of about 30 people
gathered at On the Beach Bar and Restaurant on Thursday evening.
Between May 2020 and May 2021 more than 50 episodes have
“There are still people on my list to interview,” she said.
“I get a new country and three new cities each week.”
A pre-recorded speech by Adams was played to the gathering.
“I never imagined starting a podcast on an island I didn’t know anything about.
“I’m humbled; it is a podcast that has shown no boundaries,”
In each episode the pair work to inform and enlighten
listeners, through interviews and lighter moments, on life in the Cook Islands.
Their interview subjects have included artists, entertainers
and politicians, including Prime Minister Mark Brown, among others.
Several of them were at the Thursday event to celebrate with
Napa and spoke in support of the venture.
Prime Minister Mark Brown said the event was an
acknowledgement of a young Cook Islander who had created a product.
“I take my hat off to her; she has a business that has used
technology, it utilises technology, and her customer base is international.
“It puts Cook Islands out there to the international market
and it’s attracting a discerning crowd,” he said.
“This is the sort of innovation we need to have,
particularly during Covid-19; she has come up with this in the toughest of
“Hopefully bigger things come out of this,” Prime Minister