Lady from Cook Islands

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My aunt named me Eipuatiare. As growing up in New Zealand, no one could pronounce my name.

Lady from Cook Islands

To this day, it annoys me when people pronounce my name or any pacific names incorrectly. Eipuatiare means Ei like lei, a garland of Puatiare flowers Fagraea berteriana that flourish on Rarotonga. I was born in Auckland and raised in central Auckland. Lived my whole life in Herne Bay; ly a working class predominantly Polynesian stronghold and now one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Auckland City.

I had the privilege of holidaying in Rarotonga almost every year since birth. I have one brother and three sisters and am married to Donalder Tua, also a Cook Islander and we have 7 children.

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I returned home to the Cook Islands when my father passed away in Making the decision to come home was easy but getting a job here was not. I was overlooked for jobs in the Government agencies. I did a few jobs in the private sector, training staff in customer service, coffee making, bartending; all skills I acquired from managing cafes, bars and, nightclubs in both Rarotonga and Auckland. We, my honey and I starting working for ourselves and putting effort into what we enjoy and do best — Food!

We sell fresh produce -lemons and limes, rukau, fresh nu, whole pigs and goats fresh and cookedincluding the roto intestinesavocado, homemade relish, taro and maniota Red Cross plug - all the Non-Communicable Disease free foods. I also pursued my passion for Photography and my personality and attitude led me to becaome an active volunteer for the Red Cross.

You've recently come back from the Northern Group doing work with the Red Cross.

Lady from Cook Islands

How was that experience and how did you come to be part of the Red Cross? The Northern Cooks blew me away. The Northern Group Islands are so beautiful! It was like I got to see what God Ccreated! I made sure to ask the Captain for our ETA because I wanted to see and feel what our tupuna felt when they saw land. ETA was always before hours and I woke up for every arrival. The Northern group looks Lady from Cook Islands like the Southern group and this is evident with every sunrise; the land and sea look very different to Rarotonga and Mangaia.

I prayed and thanked the Lord for our safety first and then for the gifts of the North. I had more than my fair share of chaperones. Some looking to take a wife but all proud to show off what their island home has to offer. My Cook Islands Maori is limited; about the same as their English, so with honed acting skills, we all understood each other perfectly. The people are hospitable and the islands are abundant with crayfish, coconut crab and different dishes with coconut, uto and wawa taro.

No shops, junk food, alcohol or cigarettes, perfect location to detox from western conveniences. A neighbour of mine forced me to volunteer for the Cook Islands Red Cross.

Lady from Cook Islands

I was tossed in the deep end and continue to be so, but a lot of the teachings relate to life experience and common sense. I have learned so much Lady from Cook Islands my years as a Red Cross volunteer and I have given a lot of myself to this cause. I am a true ambassador believing in the teachings and taking every opportunity to educate our Cook Islands communities. It turns out that engaging an audience is something I am very good at.

My sociable personality and humour make training fun. And when I travel throughout the Cook Islands, everyone I have trained, young and old, all remember me and never fail to say Kia Orana. They always ask me to come back and visit. Faces that understand are happy faces; this is what I know. This opportunity also gave me the chance to do photography and capture the beautiful faces of our people and their islands. I was so meant to be here. What would be a highlight of your trip to the Northern Group of the Cook Islands and would you recommend more Cook Islanders experience the trip at least once in their lifetime?

The Northern Group is a highlight. No doubt about it! Everything was a highlight for me. The Islands, her people, the dialect, the features, the hospitality, the Northern cuisine, the lagoons so crystal clear, the sharks so close; all a highlight. The Cook Islands are made of North and South and we need an economical way to travel around our Pa Enua, to bring our islands closer together.

Our Cook Islands Government need to make this a priority. We as Cook Islanders need to know and see every aspect of our islands and waters because we are the land owners of it all. The waters can only divide us but not separate us. You've also been teaching local Cook Islanders lifesaving skills - how did you get into this and why do you think it's important especially in the Pacific Islands?

Basically water safety education. So as you can imagine, swimming all day and training on best practice techniques to save a life. Hardly a stressful day at the office.

Lady from Cook Islands

I love it because you get to swim and tan at the same time and have fun with the participants! Learning to swim is very important! Being comfortable in the water. The water safety component is new to Cook Islands Red Cross and now with the help of the Italian Red Cross a water safety training will be held in October At the end of the course 5 participants will be selected to travel to Italy and undergo the 5 day trainer of trainers Water Safety course. An opportunity for our Red Cross volunteers to become a trainer and help me do my job now and in the future. In every way. I am a Cook Islander, brown and proud.

I know everything about my home it makes me wonder why we hire outsiders to promote our islands…what do they know? I am a landowner and that makes me proud!

Lady from Cook Islands

Education has always been at the forefront. My father preached education to us day in, day out. Coming from a poor upbringing, my father strived hard to get a better life and to give a better life for us. I have so much to be thankful for from my parents. Always encouraging us and never giving up.

All the hidings helped too. My mum was a nurse and my dad was as a politician.

Lady from Cook Islands

Bless their hearts. My parents are my inspiration. They always will be. No one has taught me like they have especially the teachings of my father. I am so happy we got to have him for 19 years more after our mum passed away. All that I am today I owe to them. My birth, my culture, my upbringing, my education, my guidance, where I lived and where I live now. When I think about my life, my parents are definitely the ones that provided this path for me and this path can only take me on to better things. All photographs by Eipuatiare - you can check out more of her photography on her Facebook here.

Lady from Cook Islands

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