Outer Islands

Air Raro feeds the Pa Enua

Thursday April 02, 2020

Air Rarotonga has resumed outer islands flights, just for food supplies and other cargo.

Government is subsidising shipping to ensure the Pa Enua receive vital supplies, Finance Minister Mark Brown has announced.

On Thursday the island of Manihiki held a Covid-19 prayer service. “People are worried for their families on Rarotonga and overseas,” says Tukao school principal Apii Napa.

Growing our own food

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Quentin Schofield’s family have started their own vegetable food garden, in case the coronavirus pandemic lasts for months: “No one really knows.”

As Rarotonga locks in border control, life goes as usual on Pukapuka.

Cheap veges in Aitutaki

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Aunty Nane had just planted more of her hydronic vegetable in her garden on Aitutaki, when the orders from the resorts dried up.

The unexpected arrival of a container-load of chicken, sausages and ice cream is like manna from heaven for Mangaia.

Learning from the Pa Enua

Saturday March 14, 2020

On the Pa Enua, people don’t complain, they always have food, says a Mitiaro doctoral student. They don’t abuse the ocean, they get what they need and give the rest to other families. 

Young student leaders were exhorted to show ; respect, honesty and integrity, that they might one day lead like Manihiki’s own Henry Puna. 

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