Vendors enjoyed their time with the locals. Photo: PAUL LYNCH. 21011806
Punanga Nui Market’s first ‘Jumpstart January’ event held on Saturday has been hailed a major success.
15 vendors returned to the Punanga Nui Market on Saturday to sell their
produce, handicrafts and clothing items.
took advantage of the first-ever Jumpstart January initiative which provides
fee relief to vendors.
Lynch, who is leading the vendors working group, said there was fantastic buzz
giving the market a more vibrant environment and bringing smiles to vendors and
said there were lots of free giveaways from vendors and sponsors, and live
local music and activities.
noticed there was something different happening at the market, they stopped by
and it was a good turnout,” Lynch said.
featured our first amazing Cook Islands culture show and dancing at the market
in over 10 months, since our borders closed, featuring the master Ngametua
Mamanu of Tumutoa Tours, also doing fire dancing.”
Danny Mataroa and Sunielia Tom at the Punanga Nui Market on Saturday. Photo: PAUL LYNCH. 21011808
acknowledged all the customers, vendors and sponsors Bank of Cook Islands,
Vodafone and Cook Islands Tourism for their support and positivity.
borders open again, we look forward to welcoming back to the market all our
visitors from Aotearoa.”
manager William Taripo is encouraging more people to be at the market on
Saturdays, especially vendors.
tourists make up the numbers at the market but we don’t have them anymore so
the focus is to get our people out there. The ‘Jumpstart January’ initiative is
a good start and we hope to see more vendors and people at the market in the
coming weeks,” Taripo said.
said a number of factors have resulted in the decline of vendors including
people selling their goods at the roadside.
had some distraction with the construction of Avatiu bridge which affected the
flow of people into the market but we hope the numbers will increase in the
coming days through this Jumpstart January initiative.”
Apii Te Uki Ou principal Mark Harris danced at the first ‘Jumpstart January’ market and even won a prize from Mii Quarter. Photo: PAUL LYNCH. 21011803
vendors have two more Saturdays for Jumpstart January and more activities and
exciting giveaways are planned, including classic car and motorcycle displays
and much more.