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Cheap veges in Aitutaki

Tuesday 24 March 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Outer Islands


Cheap veges in Aitutaki
Nane Purea with her vegetables in Aitutaki. 20032308

Aunty Nane had just planted more of her hydronic vegetable in her garden on Aitutaki, when the orders from the resorts dried up.

So now she’s cut her prices and is selling to locals

Always on the go, it's hard for Nane Purea to think about what is actually going on.

“We have catered for the high tourism season and when precautions of Covid-19 and new directives from government came in unexpectedly ... well, we took a deep breath in and said we are all in this together.”

Her son James Herman is a pilot for Air Rarotonga, and her daughter Chloe is presently living in Papua New Guinea. She felt quite isolated, not having them at her side.

Herman flew to Aitutaki last week to assist his mother where he could.

Purea made the decision to reduce her fresh produce prices to ensure it is affordable for people to buy and keep on their shopping list.

Because of the abundance of lettuce, cucumbers, coriander and more, she has begun selling ready-made salads to go – and all 30 meals she prepared yesterday sold out.

Her Tropicool tours is no longer operational – there are no tourists.

“Our priority is our people and their health,” she says. “We have to take these precautions seriously.

“Life is so short, we must be kind and look after each other.”

Although Purea is concerned about the corona virus, she feels safer in Aitutaki. “I hope and pray Covid-19 will not reach Rarotonga and the Pa Enua. Let’s be grateful for our beautiful life and the blessings we have from the Lord.

“Eat healthy, stay healthy and always be safe. Kia Orana e Kia Manuia from Araura.”