The Atiu community on the island give generously towards Palmerston House. 19032034
Communities donating food and hosting meals for the workers and volunteers of the Palmerston House construction have been tremendous.
Representative George George said the generosity from the island communities on Rarotonga has been overwhelming.
The Seventh Day Adventist church group hosted lunches for workers and volunteers last week.
Previously Palmerston House has received food donations from the Atiu society - traditionally known as the “Kave Kura”, the Pukapuka community, Pararo Mataiapo, Rarotonga Bowlers and individuals who willingly contribute from fishermen and growers to mamas and papas.
“Seeing the mamas bringing two cartons of chicken on their motorbikes, makes you realise how our people are so giving and our spirit, our mana and aroa is very much alive,” said George.
“It is the beauty of our Cook Islands people reaching out to help one another in all our different endeavours to accomplish something.
“Our traditional culture ties all of us together, our Christian values unites all our different denominations together.
“We are unique, that we go out of our way to help one another, it truly is amazing.
“It is amazing how the traditions in the Pa Enua islands are still strong, fisherman bringing fish, growers dropping of bananas and produce - it’s the beauty of our people.
“During the week we have Palmerston families who cater every third Saturday of the month, and the Rarotonga bowlers prepare the kaikai, it’s unbelievable. It’s good to see the community showing they care.”
George acknowledged and thanked the Aotearoa Centre for the use of their premises.
Work on the construction of the Palmerston House is well under way with the building already a week ahead of schedule.