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Tuesday 9 May 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Entertainment, Features


Kiwi muso raises the spirit on Raro
Kiwi musician Che Fu, second left, with his family, and Rehab Nightclub owners Scott Arlander, far left, and Arlander’s wife Jane Ben Mitchell, far right, at Rarotonga International Airport on Monday. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS/ 23050816

High profile Kiwi musician Che Fu made an unexpected appearance at Rehab Nightclub on Rarotonga over the weekend to cap off a much needed ten-day break with his family.

Fu and three of his four sons jumped aboard the party bus on Saturday evening. It was barely a matter of hours before he was on stage at the nightclub accompanying club owner Scott Arlander (aka DJ HAB) as his “hype man”.

It’s not the first time Fu has been in the Cook Islands, but it is the first time he has shared the experience with his wife and four sons.

The family arrived on April 27 and took time to take a day tour of Aitutaki.

Fu and his wife had visited Aitutaki before but wanted to share the experience with their sons.

“They loved it, it was an amazing day with snorkelling, and the guide was awesome,” Fu said.  

Fu and his family had been planning a Cook Islands jaunt for a couple of years.

The first time he visited the Cooks, he was part of a New Zealand/Niuean delegation to say thanks for a cyclone relief effort.

He has also previously visited on a professional level, working as an entertainer.

This time around it was actually a birthday present to his wife, he said.

“Covid slowed things down, we’ve been waiting for things to reopen.

“We have been bleating to our kids about how great it is here.” 

The family also took a Koka Lagoon Cruise in Muri which Fu and his wife had also been keen to share with their children.

“The entertainment and food was great.”

They stayed at Tere’s Residence in Titikaveka, Fu said.

“A great location, one minute to the beach.”

The family also enjoyed food at the Muri Night Market.  

Fu, of Maori and Niuean descent, said he was pleased to hear there are plans in the pipeline for the Niue Community of Rarotonga to lay the foundation for their new hostel in Tupapa, this year.

The site where the hostel will be built is located near the main road in Tupapa – opposite Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health administration building.

“That will strengthen my link here.”

Fu said he was looking at releasing new music this month to coincide with New Zealand Music Month, May, but was enjoying time with his family in the Cook Islands.

“My family have had an amazing time here; the seed has been sown.

“They are talking about coming back and we haven’t even left.”

Rehab Nightclub owner Scott Arlander said he had a good ongoing relationship with Fu, who had performed at the venue before.

“We did some good catching up while they were here.”

The family departed for Auckland yesterday.