Thursday, December 24

Merry Christmas from Rarotonga

It’s Christmas Eve as I write this, the sun is shining and it’s hot, hot, hot!
The political situation is also pretty warm with the PM sacking the DPM, a gaggle of ministers resigning in protest, the Democratic Party expelling the PM and asking him to resign, the PM refusing… no doubt the usual shady deals are being made behind the scenes and one or more coalitions are likely in the new year.
Meanwhile life goes on. Usually at this time of year the streets are crowded with expat Cook Islanders home for the holidays but there seem to be fewer this year.
I don’t know whether that’s because not so may have been able to afford to fly to Raro or because there’s less money to spend when they get here.
Some things don’t change much though. The end-of-season soccer cup final took place last weekend and the big two – Nikao and Tupapa – faced each other again. Nikao had hoped to do the round/cup double but Tupapa won with a goal in the last few minutes.
The women’s cup final was between Arorangi and Titikaveka. It was nil all at full time but Arorangi won on penalties.
A merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.