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Kia Orana is both a blessing and a wish for good fortune. It is the official greeting of the Cook Islands. In April 2020 Covid restriction lockdown was worldwide. In May 2020 with all of us grounded, we recorded the first Podcast show to come out of our country. The KIA ORANA Podcast is all about what you will, and will not find in the COOK ISLANDS. Did you know that we are located in the SOUTH PACIFIC and we are 15 tiny islands, scattered like natures untouched Crown Jewels? With a total land area of 240 square kilometers (93 sq mi). Here’s the magic though, the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 1,960,027 square kilometers (756,771 sq mi) of ocean! The population estimate as at November 2020 was 17,570, this has drastically dwindled since Covid. With our people leaving our shores and heading overseas to find work and income! No Covid, No Tourists which meant No Revenue! The capital island RAROTONGA is the gateway to our outer sister islands. No sky scrapers, traffic lights, escalators, elevators, helicopters, highways, train stations and definitely no cold snow or ice! With your show hosts local Rarotongan Chantal Napa and American Haydn Adams, https://kiaoranapodcast.com/about/ we offer to you our listener the humorous POLYNESIAN style of community conversations through truth, song, heartfelt and unprompted story telling. Organically expressing our lifestyles and growing up in village like homesteads. The history, culture of our small island nation, warm tropical environment, relaxed characteristics of our people is lovingly depicted throughout the interviews. Let us authentically help engage your five senses, to connect you with our ISLAND home and our friendly humble people. Connecting you to the emotional essence of our people, sharing inspiration with the HOPE that you will come and visit us one day.

The Kia Orana Podcast Haydn Adams & Chantal Napa

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Kia Orana is both a blessing and a wish for good fortune. It is the official greeting of the Cook Islands. In April 2020 Covid restriction lockdown was worldwide. In May 2020 with all of us grounded, we recorded the first Podcast show to come out of our country. The KIA ORANA Podcast is all about what you will, and will not find in the COOK ISLANDS. Did you know that we are located in the SOUTH PACIFIC and we are 15 tiny islands, scattered like natures untouched Crown Jewels? With a total land area of 240 square kilometers (93 sq mi). Here’s the magic though, the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 1,960,027 square kilometers (756,771 sq mi) of ocean! The population estimate as at November 2020 was 17,570, this has drastically dwindled since Covid. With our people leaving our shores and heading overseas to find work and income! No Covid, No Tourists which meant No Revenue! The capital island RAROTONGA is the gateway to our outer sister islands. No sky scrapers, traffic lights, escalators, elevators, helicopters, highways, train stations and definitely no cold snow or ice! With your show hosts local Rarotongan Chantal Napa and American Haydn Adams, https://kiaoranapodcast.com/about/ we offer to you our listener the humorous POLYNESIAN style of community conversations through truth, song, heartfelt and unprompted story telling. Organically expressing our lifestyles and growing up in village like homesteads. The history, culture of our small island nation, warm tropical environment, relaxed characteristics of our people is lovingly depicted throughout the interviews. Let us authentically help engage your five senses, to connect you with our ISLAND home and our friendly humble people. Connecting you to the emotional essence of our people, sharing inspiration with the HOPE that you will come and visit us one day.

    Boba Inu, Bubble Tea Shop - Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Mata Puia

    Boba Inu, Bubble Tea Shop - Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Mata Puia

    Boba Inu is a new Bubble Milk Tea shop located in front of the Cook Islands News on the Main Road in Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

    Offering a variety of flavored, dairy-free, gluten free and vegetarian drinks.

    Let me tell you a story about our guest today, the owner of Boba Inu: Ms. Mata Puia
    Mata was born here in Rarotonga, then in the 1980’s her parents emigrated to New Zealand.
    Mata studied I.T in the early 2000’s, has worked for Australia and New Zealand Government including private sectors, within the I.T industry. 
    I (Chantal)  first met Mata in Sydney, Australia around 2005. Young, single and care free, a social friendship connection began between us. With Mata in the IT industry, she was earning AUD $50 an hour at the time. Much to my awe and admiration, of which I am appreciative as Mata was so generous that she almost always paid for our evenings out together!  
    In October 2019 Mata decided to move back to Rarotonga for a break from the Corporate lifestyle and to spend time with her father who was turning 80 at the time.  A month later, (November 2019) Mata loved being home and the slower paced lifestyle and decided to start an I.T company called Raro I.T Solutions
    5 months later March 2020: Covid closed our boarders…… So Mata decided to volunteer and work with the Ngatangiia/Matavera Rugby  League Club as the Secretary and Junior Development Manager.
    Then in January 2021, the idea of starting a Bubble Milk Tea shop fruitioned. The business is called Boba Inu, Boba is the tapioca pearls and Inu means drink in our Cook Island language. 

    Our target audience are mainly those that suffer from food intolerances like Mata, as she is lactose intolerant. With flavors such as Taro, Honeydew, Matcha, Watermelon, Thai, Mango, Vanilla, Strawberry, Coconut, Blueberry, Raspberry, Passionfruit, Lemon, Pineapple, The Pacific Wave and many more.
    Mata’s tips for other Cook Islanders thinking of returning home to live: 
    Have a plan when returning home, build your own house here, bring your knowledge and a skill set that is much needed here or even start a business that doesn’t exist here. Or start a business that will fill a gap here. Theres a lot of opportunities here, get involved in community work, network and meet a lot of people!
    Boba Inu Shop Phone Number (+682) 28760
    Boba Inu Email is bobainuraro@gmail.com

    • 30 min
    Whanau - Family Holiday in Rarotonga: Koha Te Rehutai Eruera Rogers

    Whanau - Family Holiday in Rarotonga: Koha Te Rehutai Eruera Rogers

    Ko Hikurangi te toka tapu
    Ko Waiapu koka huhua te awa
    Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi
    Ko Koha Te Rehutai Eruera Rogers awau 
    Tihei Mauri ora 

    Hikurangi is the sacred rock
    Waiapu te mother river of many 
    Ngati porou is the tribe
    My names is Koha Te Rehutai Eruera Rogers
    Let there be life 

    I am a product of my maori ancestors of the east coast of the north island of New Zealand. I was born in Te Puia springs near Ruatorea in 1992, and grew up in Ruatorea. 
    I am an educator of 9 years, and currently teach in the small central North Island town of Taumarunui. 
    As you will hear in the podcast, my passion sits squarely within the revitalization of the Maori language(the indigenous language of NZ) and its customs. 
    My life goal has  been to see and hear the language flourish within upcoming generations. 
    However, reviving a language can be taxing at the best of times, so a trip to Rarotonga now again is the absolute ticket to rejuvenate, tuku(release) and realign the self, so that I can push through any obstacles that I come across. 

    It was an absolute privilege to sit with my cousin Chantal and talk about my life and visit to Raro. 

    Nga mihi nui 
    Meitaki nunui
    Thank you

    • 46 min
    Zeb Terepai Autaua: mobile massage therapy treatment service in Rarotonga

    Zeb Terepai Autaua: mobile massage therapy treatment service in Rarotonga

    Kia Orana everyone, welcome back to the show. 

    Zeb is a local friend of mine who I wanted to give an opportunity to speak about his mobile massage therapy service. Zeb is a returning local, his mother is New Zealand Maori and his father was a Cook Island Maori. He says that he came to Rarotonga for a holiday in 1999 when he was 17 years old and fell in love with Rarotonga. When Muri was still swamp land and nothing really there just one shop he says. Zeb says he fell in love with the environment here and calls it very special and that he wants to share our home with the world. 

    Zeb mentions that as Polynesians we all know that, touch and massage are very common amongst family’s. Zeb started out very young massaging walking on his grandfathers back when he was age 5. His training with further study, learning different techniques along the way from other massage professionals. I like Zeb’s statement that he is geared towards energetic body work and that massage is like a dance with the body. 

    Zeb also likes to use local herbs and local oils infusing them, with care involved on what we put into/onto our bodies. Zeb likes meditative bush walks collecting herbs for his massage treatments. 

    Access bars training, self care is so important Zeb says. I totally agree with him on that one. 

    I enjoyed this relaxed episode talking to my friend Zeb, and look forward to another session and episode with him.  

    Zeb Terepai Autaua is his personal facebook page where you can message him. 

    His mobile: +682 56 829
    His email: z.vectorartist@gmail.com

    • 21 min
    The NEW website is here! Your Local Connection To Your Next Holiday, in the Cook Islands.

    The NEW website is here! Your Local Connection To Your Next Holiday, in the Cook Islands.

    Kia Orana everyone and welcome back to our show.

    Exciting news for you all, we have launched a brand new website for Chantal’s Concierge. Thank you to the New Zealand Government and Business Link Pacific via the Chamber of Commerce Cook Islands for the $5,000.00 NZD adaptation grant that concierge received earlier this year. This grant money was forwarded to Haydn (as you know his specialty is IT) and he has remodeled a new marketing and promotional website for concierge.

    Our business direction has had to change here at Concierge, it was my accountant Iokopeta in January 2020 that sat me down and said, “Chantal, moving forward you will need to figure out a more efficient way that Concierge can earn its revenue. The way it is structured now is not working. Staff wages & telecommunications expense heavy and the earning power with the commission rates on tours and activities is not working. Oh and you are 17k in the red!!!.” OMG. My Concierge team had worked really hard that year 2019. But the accounting numbers were telling me a sad numerical story. So what to do next? How to do next?

    Then Covid happened in March 2020, boarders closed and it paused my having to think about this problem at the time. 2 months later Haydn and I started the weekly Kia Orana Podcast show in May 2020. Recording locals and businesses around Rarotonga.

    Since January 2022, the boarders are open and international flights arriving daily. We are welcoming back visitors to our country our shores our paradise.

    We all know the saying, “I have to do something different to get a different result.”

    So Haydn and I have built this new efficient mobile friendly website and we are in the process of listing different categories, such as Accommodations, Dining, Services, Activities and our Podcast show. We have created an advertising platform where you can scan a QR code on your mobile and search on one site everything that is available. We embedded all the specific podcast audios also into the categories, giving you a deeper engagement with the vendor. The site is easy to use on a phone and not complicated to navigate around. You get directions, a direct link to their website and you can also call the vendor/client straight from the website on your mobile phone.

    Chantal’s Concierge is making it easier for you! Enjoy everyone and see you soon.

      http://www.chantalsconcierge.com/

    • 25 min
    Our Rarotonga Family Holiday with Manea Beach Villas - Carl & Katrina Silvester

    Our Rarotonga Family Holiday with Manea Beach Villas - Carl & Katrina Silvester

    Kia Orana Everyone from us in Rarotonga.

    Since the 1st of February my team have been property managing two beach houses named Koromiri and Mangawai located on Muri beach on behalf of accommodation provider Manea Beach Villas.

    Which means that my team are the local host and inclusive of the housekeeping duties we also monitor the Airbnb platform, website enquiries and their booking system for visiting guests.

    This is how we met Carl and Katrina Silvester and their 3 adult children recently, as our accommodation guests.

    You know how you meet people and sometimes there is an instant connection of positivity? This is what happened when I greeted the Silvester family at our international Rarotonga airport. We just clicked.

    On the morning prior to their arrival, we emailed Carl knowing that he would be checking in at Auckland airport at the time. Letting Carl know that our beach front house Koromiri was available and that we had upgraded his family from the original house that he had booked with us, Mangawai which is only 80 meters from the beach - why not upgrade them to absolute beachfront if we could fit it into our booking schedule!

    Listen in as Carl goes through all the activities that they participated in while on island. Katrina lists and describes all the food and beverage dining places that they engaged with. Their twins turned 18 while on island and managed to complete the scooter testing phase at our local police station and therefore be independent to zip around Rarotonga themselves.

    Thank you Carl and Katrina for agreeing to be podcast recorded, I’ll miss you all. Knowing though that you will be back in a couple of years to enjoy our little island and its joy again.

    Support us today, make a sponsorship donation from as little as $5 and help support the Kia Orana Podcast.

    https://kiaoranapodcast.com/donate/
    Meitaki Maata (thank you very much),
    Chantal Napa

    Here is the website for the property that we are managing on Rarotonga: https://www.maneabeachrarotonga.com/

    • 30 min
    A snapshot into our Language & Culture right now with our Youth Of Tomorrow: Marcia Pohatu-Brown

    A snapshot into our Language & Culture right now with our Youth Of Tomorrow: Marcia Pohatu-Brown

    Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
    Ko Waiapu te Awa
    Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi
    Ko Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Waiū i Ngāti Porou tēnei e mihi ake nei ki a koutou katoa.


    Kia Ora, kei te aha! I'm Marcia, I've been teaching here on the East Coast North Island of New Zealand for 10 years, I am a “Raukura” ex-student of our kaupapa. My passion is our language and culture in all forms and shapes. 


    With me today are two of my students Kerenapu Milner-Collier (Ngāti Porou) and Te Ahimanawa Reihana-Kohere (Ngāti Porou) aged 11 and 12. Te Reo Māori is their first language. It's not every day we get to interview, exchange, meet, talk, laugh with beautiful people such as Chantal, and her tamariki (children) Athena aged 13 and Desiree aged 10. 


    He honore tino nui mā aku tauira e rua nei ki te tūtaki i ētahi o iwi kē, o wāhi kē. Nō reira ka nui te mihi ki a Chantal nānā i whakawātea mai tēnei 





    *Sorry my Reo Pakeha is not flash! I dont normally write anything in English its all Maori: Marcia

    • 39 min

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