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Market mamas’ moving moment

Monday 4 May 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

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Market mamas’ moving moment
Maui Bradbury and Mii Upu make and sell arts at the Punanga Nui market. 20042923/20042924.

Stallholders and customers have been gradually returning to Rarotonga’s world-famous market.

Cultural art designer and entrepreneur Mii Quarter is delighted to be back at the Punanga Nui market, now the Code Yellow restrictions have been eased.

She is one of several women, along with tivaevae expert Ina Bishop and regular market visitor and friend Maui Bradbury, who are in high spirits with the reopening of the premises throughout the week.

“It is awesome and feels good to be back here, although there are less people passing through, we are hoping more will stop by,” says Upu.

There is just one hiccup the vendors and visitors would like management to look into.

Due to the reconstruction of the Avatiu bridge, traffic is presently diverted to use the side entrance (near the SPCA store) and around the back of the venue.

Cones are used to block drivers from using the Reefside café side as an entry point, and at present, this is an exit-only zone.

A frequent customer, she is disappointed that vehicles continue to be redirected around the back.

“It makes sense to have the entry and exit at the front, this can easily be done safely with two lanes using the cones, there’s hardly any traffic these days, so why not?”

“It’s not helping the vendors or customers at all,” she said.