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Born UK. Educated, Mill Hill School London. Qualified, Polymer Technician, London 1964. Work, Plastics Industry. Invalided out in 1982, with peripheral neuropathy, affecting the nervous system hands and feet. Migrated, NZ 1972. Disabled with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy. CIDP page
Published articles in internal industry trade magazines. Third in Japanese short story competition for the disabled. Published environmental articles in conservation magazines. Active in promoting safety and health (particularly with chemicals) in the home, on the farm and in industry, published book "Hidden Hazards: Household Chemicals" now freely accessible on this site. Published articles for British writer's magazine. Published articles in local press. Published short stories in Fanzines and literary magazines.
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Kia Orana, is the greeting, along with an "Ei" (garland of flowers) received on arrival on Rarotonga Island, of the Cook Island Group. However, one very quickly succumbs to "Island Speed" which is infectious and for most people just the tonic needed.
Although there are reminders of the cyclones that this island suffers most years, there are improvements and repairs obvious everywhere. It isn't long before it shows its best face again.
The most popular form of transport, on the well sealed roads, is puttering around on low powered motorbikes, (and that includes ones rented by the visitors, a minimum of four days rental costs about NZ$70). Some of the smaller motorbikes look underpowered when ridden by the stouter members of the island population, but with the inevitable waves and smiles, it adds to the charm of the place. Driving on the Rarotongan roads, the main coastline circular road and the interior road built in 1050AD by a man called Toi from coral blocks and the many connecting roads, follows the same rules as in New Zealand. (On presentation of a NZ driving licence and a modest NZ$2.50 the Avarua police station will issue a Cook Island Licence). The maximum speed is 50km/h but anyone driving at a speed greater than 40km/h seems so out of step that it can be almost guaranteed it is a visitor who has been on the island for only a short time.
The round-the-island buses, one clockwise and one anti-clockwise, leave Cooks Corner, a shopping mall in Avarua the major town on the island, every half hour from 7.00am to 4.30pm, which incidentally is the shutting time for the shops on weekdays. This is not a destination where you will come home laden with gifts. The best gift from this island 32 kilometers around, is the memory of the smiles, the peace, the restfulness and possibly a bright locally printed and designed Tee shirt from one of the stores sprinkled liberally around the island. To purchase them there is no need to change currency, these people are sensible and use NZ money, interchangeable with their own unique currency, which includes a three dollar note, a triangular two dollar coin and a corrugated one dollar coin.
The traditional form of dress for both male and female is a sari like, colourfully decorated (often by local tie dyeing), length of material about 2 meters long called a "Pareu". Instruction on the methods of tieing and wearing this costume is a feature of hotel activity sessions and the "Island Night" traditional dance and culture evening performed almost every night of the week somewhere on the island. Another feature of these activities is the "Oh so simple, once you've seen it", way of opening a coconut, but I'm not going to reveal their secret.
Even though the pace is relaxed there is plenty to see and do here and there are so many hi-class resturants that visiting one per night it would take at least a month to visit them all. For a truly relaxing holiday I recommend Rarotonga. The first opportunity I have, I'm going back.
This page was last updated on 8/4/05