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Monday, February 23, 2004
Posted 1:04 PM by Luigi
Nonu on Niue
The following story appeared on today's Pacific Island Report.
ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, Feb. 19) - A Rarotonga-based nonu operation is keen to develop a commercial relationship with the fledgling industry on Niue, despite the damage caused by Cyclone Heta.
"I don't believe that the nonu industry has been completely destroyed," says Kiki Koteka of the Bio-Medic Cook Islands company which exports noni juice overseas.
According to Koteka, the nonu plantations on Niue are inland and should be relatively unscathed.
The company fostered a relationship with the late Rauru Vakaafi's family in Niue in terms of developing the operation on the island.
Unfortunately, Rauru, a Cook Islander, died last year and Koteka says they have taken on trying to establish the business there until the Vakaafi family can run the operation. Koteka says currently the water processors are already in Niue. The next stage of development will be to construct a building for processing.
"I am hoping to go there in March, when everything will be there...but we will have to see, it depends on how things are going in Niue." Koteka's wife, Ngatia, who helps out with the nonu business, says they found out that the Vakaafi family were vegetable growers like themselves, and the interest in their nonu operation developed from there. "We want to help, give knowledge because with nonu there is money, money for the community and hopefully people will return to Niue," she said.
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