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Kia Orana! The official greeting of the Cook Islands—meaning hello, but also may you live long. On the main island of Rarotonga (where a majority of the locals live) you'll find a lagoon nearly encircling the entire island that you can swim and snorkel in. Take an adventure up to the top of the island, through the cross island trek. And sample myriad of locally-fresh dishes from home grown foods and locally-caught fish. Purchase freshly-grown veggies and hand-crafted black pearls from the weekly markets. It is truly an island paradise.Though for all that the island has, the real jewel is in what doesn't have. There's no stoplights or parking meters. There's only two buses; one goes clockwise and the other anti-clockwise around the roughly 32km island circumference. There's no McDonalds, Starbucks or KFC (but if you do ask the locals, there is a late night fried chicken spot affectionally known as RFC). There's no over-the-water bungalows or no-high rises (nothing can be taller than a coconut tree). The wifi is about as fast as your holiday should be. Welcome to the Cook Islands Podcast. A show about what you will find, what you won't find, in the Cook Islands. Meitaki (thank you)!

The Kia Orana Podcast Haydn Adams & Chantal Napa

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Kia Orana! The official greeting of the Cook Islands—meaning hello, but also may you live long. On the main island of Rarotonga (where a majority of the locals live) you'll find a lagoon nearly encircling the entire island that you can swim and snorkel in. Take an adventure up to the top of the island, through the cross island trek. And sample myriad of locally-fresh dishes from home grown foods and locally-caught fish. Purchase freshly-grown veggies and hand-crafted black pearls from the weekly markets. It is truly an island paradise.Though for all that the island has, the real jewel is in what doesn't have. There's no stoplights or parking meters. There's only two buses; one goes clockwise and the other anti-clockwise around the roughly 32km island circumference. There's no McDonalds, Starbucks or KFC (but if you do ask the locals, there is a late night fried chicken spot affectionally known as RFC). There's no over-the-water bungalows or no-high rises (nothing can be taller than a coconut tree). The wifi is about as fast as your holiday should be. Welcome to the Cook Islands Podcast. A show about what you will find, what you won't find, in the Cook Islands. Meitaki (thank you)!

    Places of Historical and Cultural significance in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. A Guide Book for the Curious Adventurer; Dr Corrina Tucker

    Places of Historical and Cultural significance in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. A Guide Book for the Curious Adventurer; Dr Corrina Tucker

    Kia Orana and welcome back to our show, Dr Corrina Tucker an environmental sociologist, researcher and university lecturer.

    During Covid19 lockdown in early 2021 Dr Tucker allowed me to record her story of deciding to buy a business named, Storytellers Eco Cycle & Walking Tours Rarotonga.

    In this episode we chat together about her newly published book, 'Places of Historical and Cultural significance in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. A Guide Book for the Curious Adventurer'.

    Here's a link to her guide book https://www.storytellers.co.ck/guide-book
    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

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    The Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions, in 2020.

    • 25 min
    Introducing Cook Islands News Journalist - Candice Luke

    Introducing Cook Islands News Journalist - Candice Luke

    Candice Luke has recently joined our Cook Islands news team as a journalist. Candice asked to interview me, Chantal your host with an update for the print side of our national newspaper.... I replied how about we interview each other?

    We chat about her journey through journalism school in New Zealand and then her decision to leave her home New Zealand and accept the Cook Islands News contract in Rarotonga. "How did I come to be here', Candice says. "I was chasing the sun" she replies.

    Together we discuss 'Raro Pass' and my show 'Kia Orana Podcast'.

    Below is the newspaper link to the article she wrote after this recording.

    Thank you Candice, I appreciate you.

    Chantal

    Cook Islands News Article:
    Digital discount card gains following with streamlined tourist info and deals
    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

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    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in Rarotonga at:
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    The Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions, in 2020.

    • 43 min
    The Lucky Rooster Eatery; A popular cafe serving all-day breakfast & lunch in Avarua, Rarotonga with Armin Schwander

    The Lucky Rooster Eatery; A popular cafe serving all-day breakfast & lunch in Avarua, Rarotonga with Armin Schwander

    Kia Orana everyone,

    Armin Schwander,  is originally from Switzerland. Armin shares with us a great story of how and why he 'accidentally' ended up on holiday in Rarotonga in 2016. Which then lead to the opportunity decision to purchase the food and beverage business now named The Lucky Rooster Eatery.

    Armin and I share with you all, how you can travel from the Northern hemisphere to Rarotonga. We are thankful for the Hawaiian airlines flight, enabling a connection from the United States to Hawaii and then here to Rarotonga.

    We chat about how their eatery survived and continued operating during the Covid period here in Rarotonga.

    Armin also shares his appreciation views of living in the 'abundance of nature', here in Rarotonga.

    Find out more here https://raropass.com/dining/rarotonga/the-lucky-rooster-eatery/



    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

    Try Raro Pass FREE for 2 days:
    raropass.com

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in Rarotonga at:
    raropass.com

    The Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions, in 2020.

    • 35 min
    An Engaging Conversation with 23 Year old Cook Islands Woman: Ms. Tia Henderson

    An Engaging Conversation with 23 Year old Cook Islands Woman: Ms. Tia Henderson

    Kia Orana and welcome to Ms. Tia Henderson, a young 23 year old Cook Islands woman returning home to Rarotonga to spend time with her family and have a holiday. Currently studying Strategic Management and also a minor in Supply Chain, at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

    Before heading off to University, and straight out of high school at the age of 17 years old, Tia worked for 5 years for our Cook Islands Government within the Ministry of Finance and Economics Management division. Tia found this so interesting and explains more in depth during her episode. 

    Tia also shares with us the Podcasts that she listens to and why she listens to them. Topics such as Girls that Invest and Economics Explained shows have made it easier for her, to learn about building wealth.

    Tia chats with us about growing up in the Cook Islands and what that looks like for her. 
    She loves the 'good different', family lifestyle and the balanced teachings that a small island nation can offer. 

    Thank you Tia for recoding this episode with me, I appreciate your time and insight into our Youth of today. I especially liked your statement, "Don't be afraid to fail, keep going until you get what you want". 

    Tia, you are an amazing woman and I wish you all the Best!

    Manuia,
    Chantal





    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

    Try Raro Pass FREE for 2 days:
    raropass.com

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in Rarotonga at:
    raropass.com

    The Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions, in 2020.

    • 36 min
    From Serra da Estrela, to California, to Rarotonga with Barry Fitzgerald

    From Serra da Estrela, to California, to Rarotonga with Barry Fitzgerald

    Travelling from the mountains of California, a western U.S. state. Flying across the North Pacific Ocean down to the South Pacific Ocean beaches of Rarotonga. Barry and his partner Ricardo have returned for the second time to our Polynesian shores. "Aere Maru - Let's not rush, just sit back relax, unwind and enjoy," says Barry. 

    Barry shares with us when in 2019 he came across the direct route that Air New Zealand offered from Los Angeles to Rarotonga. He decided to book airline tickets for himself and Ricardo. 

    Barry reminisced about how his Californian dive buddy ends up in Papeete, Tahiti and asks Barry to be his best man - of course the wedding was to be in Tahiti! Barry flys to Tahiti in July 1976 to his first and there after many French Polynesian holidays. 

    To Barry and Ricardo, I appreciate our new friendship. See you both again one day. 

    Chantal TD Napa
    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

    Try Raro Pass FREE for 2 days:
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    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in Rarotonga at:
    raropass.com

    The Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions, in 2020.

    • 31 min
    One Mile to Make a Difference: Journeying with Former Prisoners on Their Road to True Freedom. Book by Simeon Sturney

    One Mile to Make a Difference: Journeying with Former Prisoners on Their Road to True Freedom. Book by Simeon Sturney

    Kia Orana, 

    I personally met Simeon and his family here in Rarotonga, over 10 years ago. During our conversation then, we learnt that a mutual connection we had was of being birth delivered by the same island Doctor Snowball in Aitutaki, many moons ago. An instant friendship began of which we affectionately greet each other, 'Kia Orana my Aitutaki brother/sister to another mother'. 

    Simeon was recently back home visiting again with his family, I was able to sit with him and record this episode about his Book named, "One Mile To Make A Difference". 

    Simeon Sturney is an experienced through-the-gate prison chaplain who has helped hundreds of women at the point of their release from prison and as they walk to the local train station, journeying with them as they wrestle with their fears and temptations. 
     He is also a former managing chaplain at one of the largest Women’s prisons in Western Europe and a former Probation Service Officer. 
     Simeon has worked in prisons for over 15 years. He is married, has 2 children and 2 Grandchildren.

    Email - simeon@onemileto.co.uk
    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

    Try Raro Pass FREE for 2 days:
    raropass.com

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in Rarotonga at:
    raropass.com

    The Kia Orana Podcast was created as a result of lock down Covid restrictions, in 2020.

    • 55 min

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rondunne ,

I love it!!

I have been to Roratonga!
I love it that I Found a podcast that talks about heaven on earth.
Keep up the chat please.
I would like to hear about the recovery process of the new year day storms.

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