Selection of ‘community-people’ stories


R&R in Raro

A holiday on Rarotonga can be anything you want it to be. Some people come for celebrations, joyous flings featuring weddings and boozy brunches and cocktails under the stars. Others come for adventure, to scale peaks and spear fish and surf a treacherous reef break. Still others come for respite, for the stillness of the mountains and refreshment of the tropical rain.

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Te Maeva Nui Festival

The Cook Islands is a country divided by ocean, a 1.8 million square kilometers mass of water separating each of the 15 islands. But each year in a special event, that vast distance ceases to exist, when the far flung islands come together for a festival to celebrate nationhood.

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Taking time for turtles

There’s something… really big in the water,” came an excited call from one of our team members. Running to the back of the boat, I saw her, our symbol of safe passage. Contrasting with the deep blue of the surrounding sea, the whale’s belly appeared to radiate ultraviolet light as she rolled playfully, just off the stern of our overloaded charter vessel.

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Manihiki's Black Gold

It’s a typical island house – modest, weather-worn, doorless, louvers in the windows – except that outside there’s no yard and no neighbour. The house is built on a patch of coral reef called kaoa, and it’s surrounded by cerulean sea.

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