COOK ISLANDS FRUIT
NEWS FROM RAROTONGA
The special correspondent of the Press Association at Rarotonga advises that the fruit shipment sent forward by the Maunganui (which arrived at Wellington yesterday) comprised approximately 4000 cases of bananas and 12,000 cases of oranges. This is the first big shipment of oranges for New Zealand this season from Rarotonga. Included in the shipment are 200 cases of mandarins, and the first shipment of tomatoes for the season of'3l cases. The prices paid to growers on the "beach" are as follows: —2s 6d a case for bananas and oranges at the packing shed, and 3s for both lines at the wharf. Owing to the unusually large shipment and also to the fact that it has rained all the week in Rarotonga, receiving of the cargo did not finish until late on the Sunday night, whereas it is usually finished on the Sunday afternoon. About two-thirds of both lines (bananas and oranges) was sold locally and about one-third is being sent on consignment.
The Cape Horn, which is under charter to the Union Steam Ship Company, called at Rarotonga on May 9. The cargo over-carried by the Maunganui which was unable to be landed on account of the weather conditions ivas brought by the Cape Horn and landed at Rarotonga. After landing her cargo, the Cape Horn proceeded to Aitutaki and Mauke and picked up the first orange shipment from the Lower Cook. Group for the 1936 season. Aitutaki shipped 3692 cases and Mauke 3841 cases. During the afternoon, while' the Cape Horn was at Rarotonga a team comprised of officers and men played the local Rarotonga boys a game of Soccer, the ship being the victors by 4 goals to 1. The Nurses' Home, which was demolished by the hurricane of 1935, has been rebuilt and an opening ceremony was held on May 14. All the leading arikis and mataipos, and also the officers of the Administration, were present, besides nearly all the European residents of the island. Dr. Muir, of Gisborne, has been appointed assistant medical officer at Rarotonga and commences his duties on May 18. Miss Paynter has been appointed assistant teacher at Rarotonga. The yacht Farys is still at Rarotonga. On account of the bad weather conditions, Mr. Weber decided to remain until the weather conditions moderate before he sails tcr Fiji. ■ On May 2 the tennis and bowling clubs held their opening day and there was a very large attendance.
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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXXI, Issue 124, 27 May 1936
COOK ISLANDS FRUIT Evening Post, Volume CXXI, Issue 124, 27 May 1936
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