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Salient: Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Vol. 24, No. 11. 1961

• Attractive Cook Islander

• Attractive Cook Islander

Relaxing In the sun, as we steamed northwards on the new government vessel, the "Moana Roa," we were given some mixed insights into what might lay ahead of us. A rather attractive Cook Island half-caste girl warned us of the wiles of the Aitutakian maidens.

"The Aitutaki girls are the fastest in the Cook Islands," she remarked with a glint in her eye, adding, "especially with young single men."

In a more serious vein, a European resident of Rarotonga, a man of political and economic importance, warned us thus:

"Don't expect too much. Some people come to the Cook Islands with preconceived visions of a community, thriving under the benevolent hand of the New Zealand administrator. When things don't turn out to be quite like this, they become critical and write scathing articles to the New Zealand papers. When you've been in the islands for some time you find things aren't so simple. You don't see problems in terms of black and white solutions.