There was just one place keen fishermen Mani Mamanu and his friend, “Father Christmas” Manu
wanted to be on the morning of Christmas Day, and that was at the Social Centre, where Manu was busy preparing his net in the hope of catching a few fish.
Asked what he was having for his Christmas lunch, Manu replied, “Fish! If I can get some.” With the weather having outwitted the forecast and produced a succession of hot and sunny days rather than the showers predicted, it was the signal for hundreds of Cook Islanders and their expat visitors to head for the beach and in many cases, set up camp on the sand to relax with their families over the festive season holidays. And there is more fine weather ahead, for the next two days at least, with temperatures predicted to reach 28C.