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Well-known Kiwi personality on Raro for vacation

Friday March 22, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Well-known New Zealand personality Mary Haddock-Staniland (right) and husband William Staniland at the Pacifi c Resort Hotel in Muri, Rarotonga. 19032035 Well-known New Zealand personality Mary Haddock-Staniland (right) and husband William Staniland at the Pacifi c Resort Hotel in Muri, Rarotonga. 19032035

New Zealand’s well-known transgender personality, Mary Haddock-Staniland and husband William Staniland, an executive with New Zealand Rail, are currently on Rarotonga to mark their five-year wedding anniversary.

 

Mary said the couple have a busy life back in New Zealand and when they want to “hop of the grid and escape the chaos of life” they go to a Pacific Island.

They got married in Samoa and spent a lot time in Tonga and this was their first time on Rarotonga. Mary said a lot of people they knew have been to Rarotonga and spoke highly of the Cook Islands.

“So we came here and well, we have only been here for a minute and I’m in love already and don’t want to go home.

“There is something that can be said about the Pacific Islands because of the climate and the location but you can’t move far from the love that I have particularly for the culture and the people,” Mary said.

William said they also wanted to relax and Mary agreed saying: “That’s the aim of the holiday, particularly when you are celebrating such a milestone in one’s life, it is a nice surrounding.

“One of the first things people say about the Cook Islands is that it’s just so relaxing, with the busy life back home it will be nice to do that here.”

The couple look forward to the frequent sunbathe, snorkelling, the boat cruises and to have scooter rides around the island. They will also be visiting night spots and will hop on to the famous party bus.

They said they were impressed with the development and the infrastructure on the island.

Mary added she wanted to meet as many Cook Islanders as she can during this visit to understand the culture and the country and learn more about the country. Meanwhile, besides being a well-known personality, Mary holds a senior position with Diversity Works New Zealand as Head of Membership Services.

They are national body for promoting workplace diversity and inclusion. They return to New Zealand after this weekend.

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