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GO LOCAL: The flavours of Mauke

Saturday 10 October 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

A tiny business, making small batches of chutneys and jams by hand from fresh naturally grown produce is taking the taste and flavour of Mauke to the world.

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The calm of Aitutaki's Mike Lee: Learning to kiteboard on lagoon

Saturday 29 August 2020 | Written by Jonathan Milne | Published in Hot on the Rock

If Mike Lee can transform himself from a sweary, stressed out restaurant chef to the zen master of kite-boarding, perhaps he can teach Jonathan Milne to stand up on the board.

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Feeling loved and comfortable

Saturday 29 August 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

Mums and dads have new, locally-made options for baby clothes and other supplies.

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Mussell uses own muscle in labour of love

Tuesday 18 August 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Hot on the Rock

GO LOCAL: Chris Mussell considers himself an optimist – he likes to see his glass half-full, he says. Which is probably good, for someone who pours drinks!

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It would be a grey world without art, dancing, flowers

Monday 10 August 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Hot on the Rock

Go Local: Like many women, Sonya Kamana loves flowers.

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Cook Islands' own Ginger Spice

Tuesday 28 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Hot on the Rock

GO LOCAL: Kaota Tuariki saw beauty in ginger (kopi teatea) for the first time when he was shown the root crop by the late Robert Wigmore.

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Mac or Whopper, island style

Saturday 25 July 2020 | Written by Jonathan Milne | Published in Hot on the Rock

GOING LOCAL: It’s Burger Friday when we turn up at Avatea Café, on Aitutaki. That means one thing: the community’s new favourite, the Island Mac.

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Jancey's goes to town with doughnuts

Saturday 11 July 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

… And in Tupapa, Losirene Lacanivalu discovers Jancey’s new bakery and deli that is enticing all the workers in their breaks.

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Komera puts the Cookie in Cookie Monster Café

Saturday 11 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Hot on the Rock

Melina Etches enjoys a coffee at the new café next-door to the police headquarters in Avarua.

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GO LOCAL: Go get unknotted with a massage!

Saturday 6 June 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

GOING LOCAL: Losirene Lacanivalu leaves her worries behind and enjoys a therapeutic massage at the Muri Beach Club Hotel’s Spa.

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From Ma'uke with love

Saturday 30 May 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

GO LOCAL: Jean-Marie Francis expanding range of skin and care products is already popular overseas but now, in the Covid-crisis, she’s finding a local market.

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Phillip Nordt: Everyone in Raro should grow eggplant

Thursday 21 May 2020 | Written by Jonathan Milne | Published in Hot on the Rock

RECIPE: The humble aubergine or eggplant has quite amazing flavours when prepared correctly.

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Covid couldn't kill Ray's dream

Saturday 16 May 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Hot on the Rock

When Ray Taylor Roumanu learned to cook, he was the only boy in the class.

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Tailor can sew 40 facemasks in just an hour

Saturday 4 April 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

She sits by a sewing machine at the Joyce Peyroux Garments factory, turning out facemask after facemask. Working alongside the staff who prepare the material for stitching, Nanik Zuliati from Indonesia can sew 40 masks in an hour.

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E-trading: Any portal in a storm

Saturday 4 April 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Hot on the Rock

With the tourists gone, local stores are reaching new customers by trading online.

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'In God's name, we will serve the Bread of Life'

Tuesday 31 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

It was like the movie Avengers Infinity War: with a flick of the finger, all the customers disappeared.

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Innovating in business: Some taros for haircut?

Tuesday 31 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

A hairstylist is among business owners looking for imaginative solutions to keep the economy afloat.

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Barber puts down roots in Rarotonga

Saturday 7 March 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

Cook Islands’ newest barber will offer a short and stylish cut to both men and women.

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Feeling sick? Health clinic is quick

Saturday 29 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

The doctor at a new private clinic wants to help people manage their illness, rather than waiting to visit the hospital when it becomes serious.

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'Never trust a skinny chef'

Saturday 22 February 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Hot on the Rock

Lickity splitz, get a move on! You can now get your best ice cream sundaes with homemade sauces in Arorangi.

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