Tumunu - Bulletin Board of the Cook Islands

Last update: July 31 2015
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July 31 2015
Hello! Greetings from California, United States! My father, myself and my grandfather visited the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki in 1995 for four weeks. We stayed at Ariana Bungalows, had breakfast every morning at Grandma Josie's, went to the CICC on Sundays! Best trip of my life! Here is my question. I have been trying to find this creamy grape soda called Viora, not sure if I'm spelling it correctly, for years and years! I can't find it anywhere online (or otherwise) so I thought I would try this way! My grandfather is very elderly and I would love to give this to him for Christmas as it might be his last. It would mean the world to him. I'm willing to pay whatever it takes to get a few bottles shipped to me because the memories they evoke are absolutely priceless. Thank you so much! Kathryn. Kathrynrbahl@gmail.com

July 18 2015
Mr Graham is absolutely right. Inter-island rivalries and jealousies even exist in the Southern Group where the islands are close together. Of course, one has to remember that the Cook Islands as a single entity was an English invention. The northern group had nothing to do with the Southern Group at all before they were all lumped together as the 'Cook Islands'. Quite a different matter with Samoa, just two big islands reasonably close together. Kuki Boy.

July 16 2015
I read about your chat to a Cook Islander in Auckland. I feel that this is the view of one Cook Islander. I think he is one-sided. There are a lot of very successful people both here and in the Cooks in all walks of life. It does come from one's upbringing. Samoans are not as far spread as the Cooks. What I mean is that Samoans are either from American Samoa or Western Samoa or New Zealand-born and are not as divided as the Cooks. As with the Cooks, it depends on which island you are from. In Auckland there so many different Halls, whether you are from Atiu, Mauke or any of the 15 islands in the group. But I don't think there is one for Cook Islanders. In Rarotonga it is the same. Lots of different hostels depending on which island you are from. It is disappointing that they are all competing against each other. Derek Graham.

July 6 2015
Talking with an Auckland Cook Islander the other day who maintained that Cook Islanders in New Zealand were at the bottom of the economic heap. But Samoans were not. He maintained that Samoans valued education much more highly and pressed their children to work hard at school and go on to university. Cook Islands, on the other hand, were not so motivated and were content to slap along in low-paid jobs and had no expectations or ambition. Even though both countries were God-ridden, like most Pacific islands, it was not possible to blame religion for this since both had suffered the same invasions of missionaries from England, most of whom were poorly educated ex-grocers. A. Pelargo.

July 6 2015
Hello, I'm interested in visiting the island in August. I'm from Los Angeles, California USA . Are there families who offer homestay single room for myself? I'm a retired mature woman. I'd like to visit a few small islands while there. I can be contacted by e-mail ds4u308@yahoo.com

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