water for pukapuka misses the boat

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photo: a 1.5 litre bottle of vital, rarotonga produced water on the seat above, flew the 800+ kilometres to pukapuka island with the special air rarotonga charter. the relief team who brought the bottle learnt that a relief ship had brought clothes but no water for pukapuka. government workers picked out the prettiest dresses they could find and wore them with hard hats and boots during road reconstruction. in pukapuka, people who get things wrong are teased mercilessly. it is not yet sure who ordered clothes instead of water to be sent to pukapuka after a super-cyclone. the water was left behind in manihiki, according to one government source.