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Growing up in Paradise – Rarotonga

New Zealand
Jared Buckley

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It is small, isolated and slightly rundown but growing up on the small Cook Island of Rarotonga provides its kids a world of opportunities.
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A simple drive into town becomes an exciting ride. Kids are often transported on the back of ute's and scooters.
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The ocean is the main playground, never more than short walk away. Here a young local girl tries her luck at rock fishing.
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There are no swimming pools on the island. The wharf is where all local kids learn to swim, dive and perfect their bombs!
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Even young children try to escape from home to explore the many wonders Rarotonga has on offer for its kids.


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