Quarantine twins reunited with family

Saturday May 30, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Proud grandmothers Anna Koteka and Serena Hunter with new mummy Talissa Koteka and twins Sahara Vaiatea and Arianna Hinanui. 20052928. Proud grandmothers Anna Koteka and Serena Hunter with new mummy Talissa Koteka and twins Sahara Vaiatea and Arianna Hinanui. 20052928.

It was a long, long wait for the Koteka and Hunter families to meet and hug their newest babies, twins Sahara Vaiatea and Arianna Hinanui.

The twins were born in Auckland during New Zealand’s Covid-19 lockdown period.

After two months of lockdown, isolation and quarantine, proud parents Teava Hunter and Talissa Koteka, and grandmother Anna Koteka, brought their daughters home from the Edgewater yesterday.

Mum Talissa Koteka says it hadn’t really sunken in yet: “Since they were born, we’ve been in lock down and then quarantine – it’s very emotional, it’s been a long eight weeks.”

The twins are well and healthy.

Serena Hunter met her grand-daughters yesterday. “We’re just all so happy, very happy, that they are home now, and just overwhelmed at being able to meet them for the first time, and just enjoy lots of baby cuddles.”

The twins met their three great-grandmothers, Cathy Koteka, Lynnsay Francis and Vara Hunter. “It’s hard to describe, its just beautiful and wonderful, and to have twins in the family again,” said Vara.

The second group of repatriated Cook Islands completed their quarantine and were able to return to their families yesterday morning.

Sadly, one of their team, former Minister Perui Vaevae Pare, passed away, alone in his room at the resort on Wednesday, a few days short of their release.

Next Friday the third group of repatriates are scheduled to complete their quarantine.

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