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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)!

    One Half Of Kia Orana Podcast Touches Down In Rarotonga: Haydn Adams

    One Half Of Kia Orana Podcast Touches Down In Rarotonga: Haydn Adams

    Haydn Adams shares and explains with us his IT control room aspect of producing The Kia Orana Podcast. The boarders to the U.S. have opened and he was able to travel here from Savannah, Georgia. We chat about crossing the dateline twice and the 48 hours door-to-door it took to get to the Cook Islands.

    Haydn also shares with us the scooter driving licence system to renew or apply involving a theory and practical test.

    He speaks about his "rookie move", of not wearing a hat on an overcast Rarotonga day.  Finding medicinal organic coconut oil from the Punanga Nui market, eating fresh sashimi just off the boat and more.

    We also spoke about the Concierge website, being user friendly, call button, directions and podcast audio. The goal of the website is to help you with a beginners informative guide to the Cook Islands.
    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in the Cook Islands
    chantalsconcierge.com

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

    • 22 min
    Why I Fly Two National and Two International Leg Flights To Get Back To Rarotonga: Sherree Corbett

    Why I Fly Two National and Two International Leg Flights To Get Back To Rarotonga: Sherree Corbett

    Sherree Corbett shares with us why she would come back to Rarotonga for a second time. In this episode Sheree explains what she finds so special about The Cook Islands, and her why to fly two national and two international flights to get back for another holiday.

    We chat about her recent Aitutaki day tour,  waterfall spa experience, restaurants, her accommodation and more.

    She also speaks about her experience and the benefits she believes with her personal use of CBD Oil (Cannabidiol oil)

    "Sad to be leaving tomorrow but I will be back she says" 



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

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in the Cook Islands
    chantalsconcierge.com

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

    • 32 min
    Author, Podcaster, Mother, Environmental & Human Rights Advocate, Ngāti Porou: Tina Ngata

    Author, Podcaster, Mother, Environmental & Human Rights Advocate, Ngāti Porou: Tina Ngata

    Tina Ngata shares with us why she wrote a book titled, Kia Mau: Resisting Colonial Fictions. In this episode Tina tells us why she started a Podcast named, What a Load of Colony: Māori and Indigenous Political analysis with sass.
     
    We also chat about her duration of time while she worked for the United Nations.
     
    She speaks about her views on Environmental/Scientific Racism, ie plastic pollution into our Mother Earth.
     
    She has been described in New Zealand as "Ngāti Porou (A Tribe in New Zealand) Scholar" and the "The Non Plastic Māori".

    Listen to her podcast on Apple or Spotify
    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in the Cook Islands
    chantalsconcierge.com

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

    • 16 min
    It takes bravery to talk about hard things: Nerida Williams CIFWA and IPPF

    It takes bravery to talk about hard things: Nerida Williams CIFWA and IPPF

    Nerida Williams is the Senior Humanitarian Communications Advisor for IPPF and has been visiting the Cook Islands for the past three weeks with photojournalist Hannah Maule-ffinch. They have been focusing on telling the story of the great work of CIFWA (Cook Islands Family Welfare Association) and capturing stories around humanitarian preparedness, women’s health, youth issues and LGBTI+ inclusion.

    Sometimes it’s hard to talk about these issues, especially in our culture, but I your host Chantal Napa believes that there is power in vulnerability and power in normalising issues that we all need to get out in the open!

    They sat down with me (Chantal) to chat about an issue close to my heart, mental health awareness and youth access to reliable (and safe!) comprehensive sexuality education, plus much more.

    For more information about IPPF, see here: ippf.org
    Hannah Maule-ffinch’s vast portfolio of photographic works can be viewed here: hannahmauleffinch.com
    For more about CIFWA, including their contact info to make an appt, go to their website or call +682 23 420
    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in the Cook Islands
    chantalsconcierge.com

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

    • 26 min
    “Never have an agenda, have a few goals & let the wind take you”. Sunset Music Beach Sessions - Life Stories Exchanged - with Mel Groves

    “Never have an agenda, have a few goals & let the wind take you”. Sunset Music Beach Sessions - Life Stories Exchanged - with Mel Groves

    Kia Orana everyone, 

    Welcome back to our show Kia Orana Podcast. A show about what you will find and what you will not find in the Cook Islands. 

    Our guest today is Mel Groves, visiting us from New Zealand for a relaxing midwinter break. I met Mel and her partner Darren at sunset sessions, held at Vaiana’s bar and bistro. A conversation began, a connection of life stories exchanged, which you will hear more of during this episode. 

    Mel is also an experienced DJ, as she will explain more in this episode and I appreciate her chatting with me. 

    7th minute: Listen in as Mel describes her statement never to have an agenda, have a few goals and let the wind take you along your journey. 

    8th minute: Mel suggests taking the bus as a convenient way to travel around Rarotonga.

    10th minute: We talk about my concierge flipper & snorkel hire honesty box system at the office. As we are located @ Fruits Of Rarotonga, Tikioki, Titikaveka, South Eastern side. One of the best snorkeling reserve lagoons in Rarotonga. 

    13th - 23rd minute: Then Mel flips the coin and starts interviewing me, Chantal and asks me where my now and future goals are and where am I going professionally with my business Kia Orana Podcast & Chantal’s Concierge these days. 

    24th minute: Mel and I ask to also interview her partner Darren. Yay he spoke about his Rarotonga holiday experience. Local impromptu party bus, snorkeling and lagoon fish, drinking local coconuts, our beautiful warm weather, our delicious tasting food.

    26th minute: We discuss different seasonal times to visit us here in Rarotonga. 


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

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in the Cook Islands
    chantalsconcierge.com

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

    • 36 min
    From Land To Sea with John Batty, Construction & Infrastructure with Landholdings Ltd

    From Land To Sea with John Batty, Construction & Infrastructure with Landholdings Ltd

    Kia Orana Everyone, 

    I appreciate John Batty joining us on the Kia Orana Podcast to discuss a subject that I dont know a lot about, Construction/Infrastructure and what that looks like In Rarotonga, Cook Islands today. 

    John’s professional title is Bid Manager - Project Manager for Landholdings Ltd. 

    To our listeners outside of the Cook Islands who might not know, Landholdings Ltd would be one of our largest Construction companies in the Cooks. 

    Listen in as John Batty takes us back to his 4 years of training & apprenticeship days in New Zealand when he was 16 years old, earning .45 cents an hour (50 years ago). Then he brings us along his life journey to how his family eventually integrated into life here in Rarotonga.

    For our young local listeners John lets you know how tradespeople can get into this trade in the Cook Islands. 

    The reason for the title from Land to Sea, John also invests a lot of his volunteer time to our Rarotonga Sailing Club and youth progression of skills to sail on our waters. 
    Kia Orana, May you live long
    Aere Ra, Farewell
    Kia Manuia, Good Luck and Good Health

    Find out where to shop, where to eat, what to do and more in the Cook Islands
    chantalsconcierge.com

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

    • 43 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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