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Monday 30 January 2017 | Published in Local


Kua ara koe? Awaken from your sleep
The caption on this Alexander Turnbull Library photograph reads: “King and Queen of Rarotonga, with Mrs Seddon and New Zealand Premier Richard John Seddon, in the palace grounds, Rarotonga, during Seddon's visit to the Pacifi c Islands in 1900.” 17012759 Bob Williams (second from left) pictured with Razim Buksh (director Fiji FIU), Samelda Leon (Marshall Islands) Whitely Kenneth (Vanuatu) and Henry Eremas (PNG) at a FIU attachment programme with the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit in Fiji last year. 17012757 - From page 1 Fishermen report, however, diminishing tuna stocks. Some residents in Pukapuka are concerned about their cargo. "I haven't had a smoke since Christmas," laughed Taunga. Because of rough seas over Christmas, the Lady Moana did not offl oad much of the cargo in Pukapuka. Residents are now waiting for their December and January cargo. There is also some concern over offl oading the cargo from the reefer boat and what to do about perishable goods. In the meantime, those en route are well used to these kinds of delays and say they're "all good." No doubt there will be feasting and laughter while waiting in true Pukapukan and Nassau spirit. While everyone is happy to go with the flow, the saga of Northern Group transport woes continues. Executive officer for Pukapuka/ Nassau Pio Ravarua said: "Transport is our biggest challenge. “It affects health, education, depopulation and food security. On the other hand, the lack of reliable regular air and shipping transport helps keep our culture strong and life peaceful. We have to find a middle ground." Island leaders have talked for a long time about re-opening cargo and plane routes from Samoa, but have faced government resistance. - Richard Moore/Amelia Borofsky Lady Moana

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