This article was contributed by Susan Hanaray (nee Matheson) who arrived in Rarotonga as a 6 year old in 1972, She attended Side School/Avatea, then went on to Tereora College where she spent 5 years as a student. She left Rarotonga in December 1985. She has a Bachelor of Arts (University of Canterbury), Graduate Diploma in Arts in History and BA (Hons) in History both from Victoria University of Wellington.
Atiu resident Roger Malcolm has handed over a set of 40 issues of the Atiu Journal to Mareta Atetu, Atiu's Tourism officer and keeper of the Atiu Museum and Library.
A story in the London Gazette published on August 26, 1768, read: “This afternoon at 2 o’clock HIS MAJESTY’S Bark Endeavour, with a fair wind behind her, weighed anchor and set sail for the South pacific Island of Tahiti”.
Tumutoa Discovery Walking Tour guide Ngametua Mamanu is unique on Rarotonga, although many people suggest he may be the next Piri Puruto, (a former tourist guide/entertainer famed for his cultural expertise and ability to climb coconut trees).
What has been described as one of the most successful Te Maeva Nui celebrations ever finally came to a close with a ceremony at the National Auditorium on Monday.