Taking refuge on their home island

Wednesday March 25, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands
John Akava and mama Teakauroa back in the safe zone on the island of Atiu. 20032402 John Akava and mama Teakauroa back in the safe zone on the island of Atiu. 20032402

John Akava, 77 and his wife Teakauroa, 78 have moved to their home island of Atiu to seek refuge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Akava family reside in Panama, Rarotonga.

Their daughter Rose Akava who resides in Auckland, New Zealand said her parents were on Atiu for a funeral service. She advised them to stay back when border control measures to Pa Enua was put in place.

Rose said she was in a panic mode when advised that her elderly parents needed to be evacuated to Atiu due to Covid-19 outbreak.

“I was in constant contact with the Minister for Health (Rose Toki-Brown) who guided me through this. I was in tears at one stage just thinking about my parents and family.”

Rose said she felt helpless not being close to them.

But now she is at peace knowing they are “safe and sound” at home on Atiu.

“Thanks to the Minister for her quick thinking. “

Rose said they were unsure when her parents would be able to return back to Rarotonga.

In Auckland, she said they have a cupboard stocked up with food.

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