Rakes, mowers, weed eaters and rubbish fires will be sparking into action this weekend in preparation for the tutaka inspection beginning on Monday, a health initiative started in the 1930s.
Banana crops around the world are facing collapse because of a devastating disease – so the Cooks have taken a step to safeguard the country’s colourful range of fruit.
“I picked up a child for kindy at one time and the child looked like she was not cleaned the night before. She sat on the car seat, looking like she was not there. Food was hanging on her face.”
A doctor is calling for public vigilance as the numbers of dengue cases continue to rise. Dr Teariki Noovao says though the virus has been under control, the country is not out of the woods yet.
Derek Fox never saw the mosquito that bit him – but he is one of nearly 70 people thought to have contracted dengue fever in Rarotonga and Aitutaki this year. He tells his story.