Seen on deck were large quantities of timber – as well as motorcycles and other items purchased by pa enua residents who have been visiting Rarotonga for Te Maeva Nui.
Josh Taio of Taio Shipping Services said that once the Layar Mas had left the harbour, which was expected to be late yesterday, the Taio vessels Lady Moana and Maungaroa II would move alongside ready to take on cargo.
“We’re just waiting for the barge then we will start loading the Lady Moana with cargo for Palmerston and the Maungaroa with cargo for Aitutaki.”
Taio said Lady Moana would depart today and would be back at Avatiu by Saturday.
The Maungaroa IIwill leave for Aitutaki on Wednesday.
The usual wide assortment of food, groceries and other items were on board both vessels, with pa enua residents due to return to their home islands starting on Friday, Taio said.
“They have their Te Maeva Nui costumes on board and all sorts of things.”
Passengers will be transported home on the chartered ships Nivaga III and Tahiti Nui.
The Nivaga III will depart on Friday for Tongareva (Penryhn), while the Tahiti Nui is scheduled to leave for Manihiki on Saturday.