Comparing the island to Asian countries that they have travelled to, Maureen said: “We have been impressed with how clean Rarotonga is, we travel Asia a lot, and we are impressed with Rarotonga.”
Writing a poem on a vegetable they had been looking for on the island, Maureen said: “We go grocery shopping and there are no tomatoes anywhere, we’ve seen them only once since we have been here.
“My husband and I were talking and we wanted tomatoes. I woke up this morning and I thought of writing something, because tourists love seeing lettuces and tomatoes.”
Maureen said they are from Australia and this was their first time visiting the Cook Islands.
She said they have been for a month and have celebrate New Year’s Day twice - once in Auckland city and the other in Rarotonga.
Here’s the poem Maureen wrote:
“It has come to this. I’m dreaming about you now - it’s been four weeks now since I last saw you - sitting there all squashed up but beautiful just the same.
You have always been there for me in so many ways, steadfast and easy. I just never realised how much you meant to me until were gone. I just couldn’t believe it, why? How?
There were sightings of you at first. I searched for you but at every sighting once I got there you were gone.
I have travelled the world, but it wasn’t until I came to Rarotonga that I realised how much I loved you.
I know I took you for granted, that you would always be there, oh! My humble beautiful tomato please come back to me.’