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Wednesday 11 January 2023 | Written by Matthew Littlewood | Published in Business, National


Clean break for laundry services as rain persists
Tupa Tupa, of Hartal Store and Laundry, says it has been a busy week due to the persistent rain. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS / 23011043

Laundromats have been run ragged, as wet weather continues to punish Rarotonga.

Wet weather has been ongoing for the past week as the Cook Islands deals with a low-pressure trough making its way through the system.

And as people come to realise their washing is just not going to dry on the line in this weather, laundromats are reaping the rewards.

At Hartal store and laundry, manager Tupa Tupa said it was incredibly busy.

“The weather and the arrival of people from overseas or the outer islands is the reason for that,” Tupa said.

“I’ve lost count of the loads of laundry we’ve had to process. It’s definitely busy, and I think it will continue to be if we get more wet weather over the next couple of days.”

Tupa said it tried to process peoples’ washing on the same day as delivery, although this could be difficult if they received it in the afternoon.

“We’re enjoying being busy,” he said. 

Meanwhile, at Snowbird Laundry, the manager Andrew Chan said it was inundated with customers.

“We’re taking everyone, we’re not turning anyone away,” Chan said.

“I don’t have exact numbers of orders, but it’s a lot. People just have to be mindful that it’s unlikely to be done on the same day. That said, we hope to have caught up by the end of the week.”

Chan said the rain was “like liquid gold” for the business. “This is the busiest time we’ve had for quite a while.”