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Tasty treats added to market offerings as reorganisation plan goes to consultation

Tuesday 7 March 2023 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Business, National

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Tasty treats added to market offerings as reorganisation plan goes to consultation
Three Little Birds Bakery manager Solomon Pirangi, right, with Minister for the Punanga Nui Market, George “Maggie” Angene at the official opening on Monday. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS/ 23030720

Punanga Nui Market has a new addition as vendors prepare to meet today to discuss the market’s reorganisation plan.

Brother and sister Solomon and Tutu Pirangi officially opened Three Little Birds Bakery at the market yesterday – an extension of their bakery operation in Arorangi.

The pair have baking in their DNA – their father and former Member of Parliament Raymond Pirangi was a baker here last century.

The pair have been operating the Arorangi operation for more than a decade and have spent several months planning and constructing the new market operation which features retail and on site baking facilities.

Solomon joked that Arorangi was “too far to go, too much petrol, petrol has gone up and there are more people in town”.

“We are expanding, pastry, bread, desserts, hot food and salads.”

While Three Little Birds was a reference to the Bob Marley composition, Solomon added it also represented God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

The new operation will employ several people.

Minister for the Punanga Nui Market, George “Maggie” Angene thanked Cook Islands Investment Corporation for assisting.

Meanwhile, Angene confirmed a public meeting this evening will set out a reorganisation plan for the market. 

A public presentation on the Punanga Nui Market Reorganisation Plan will be held at the National Auditorium from 6pm.

The purpose of the presentation is to inform the general public of the developments proposed for the Market over the coming 12 months and beyond.

Anyone interested is asked to attend and hear first-hand why the plan is necessary and what it involves.

It will also be an opportunity to provide feedback that may be important to consider.