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Saturday 8 April 2023 | Written by Joanne Holden | Published in Features, Food

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NZ chilli-eating champ  gets taste of Rarotonga
New Zealand chilli-eating champion Jesse Painter, right, samples some of the chillis grown by Cook Islander Paul Lynch. Photo: Supplied/23040603

The three-time New Zealand chilli-eating champion and former Oceania Belt holder connected with the “chilli heads” of Rarotonga during his first-ever trip to the Cook Islands recently, and sees potential for the sport to grow in the island nation. Joanne Holden reports.

The three-time New Zealand chilli-eating champion and former Oceania Belt holder connected with the “chilli heads” of Rarotonga during his first-ever trip to the Cook Islands recently, and sees potential for the sport to grow in the island nation. Joanne Holden reports.


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