A message in a jar written by the late Eric Vincent Browne (known as Papa Man) nearly 30 years ago in 1995 was discovered in the Avarua Ekalesia CICC when workers were stripping upstairs of the church.
The message written in Maori is from the time when Browne was the Tauturu Orometua (assistant pastor) at the church.
In the message, Browne writes about himself, the date of June 8 when the
church renovations started that year and who the lead carpenter was - Potiki
The glass Best Foods jar holding the note was discovered by
Apiianga Saungaki Rasmussen last week.
Tuaine Unuia of the Avarua Ekalesia kindly returned the note to the Browne family in Tupapa.
“We are very thankful and appreciate the CICC returning the note to us,
Papa Man’s family. None of us knew about this message he had left behind and he
never told us before he passed away in 2003. It’s in good condition, we will
frame the note and display it,” said a family spokesperson.
Browne left his family the legacy of Avarua Bakery.
In 1966, he took over Avarua Bakery from his father-in-law Glassie
Strickland (Papa Glassie), Browne was married to his daughter Jancey.
Like his father-in-law, Browne had vision to expand Avarua Bakery in a
new building – since the existing bakery at the time was over 40 years old.
Plans were in place to start the new building when sadly, Browne passed
away on August 31, 2003.
Today, Avarua Bakery Ltd stands three times bigger
than the old original building and services the people of the Cook Islands from
the top North in Manihiki right through to the South in Mangaiia.