Yesterday was also the deadline for cargo to be processed and loaded on to the ship for transport to Manihiki, and throughout the day a continual procession of trucks and other vehicles drove on to the wharf laden with timber, concrete blocks, water tanks and all manner of other items to be processed on the domestic wharf by Cook Islands Towage.
And it seems there will be no let-up, with harbour master John Jessie saying the deadline for receiving cargo to be transported to the rest of the northern group on the Nivaga III is today.
Jessie says the Tahiti Nui will depart at noon on Saturday, while the Nivaga III, which was scheduled to arrive in port this morning, will leave for other northern island destinations some time later in the afternoon. The Tahiti Nui’s departure will be a day earlier than indicated to CINews by other sources last week.
CINews contacted the Office of the Prime Minister to find out whether there would be an official farewell for the departing northern islanders, but no reply had been received by the time the newspaper went to print.