Farewell Papa Harry

Papa Harry had many enjoyable moments, by witnessing hatchling turtles enter the water, and witnessing 10 curlews in one location. At first, it was their peculiar whistle that drew him to the area and replied to his whistle and watched his every movement. 
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Today NES pays tribute to a well-respected NES family member, Papa Harry Papa’i who has served as the Suwarrow Park Ranger for many years. 

Papa Harry was appointed on 12th May 2012, and has served as the Suwarrow Park Ranger up until now. Throughout the years, Papa Harry has shown passion and dedication to his beloved Suwarrow and has been an inspiration to many. 

 As a Park Ranger he was also appointed as an Immigration & Customs, Biosecurity and Health officer and was thorough to ensure Suwarrow borders were protected. 

On return to Rarotonga, Papa Harry would always express sadness when departing his ‘beloved Suwarrow’ and the emotions that would overcome him with the lowering of the flag, knowing that he would not see his beloved Suwarrow for another 6-months. 

Papa Harry had many enjoyable moments, by witnessing hatchling turtles enter the water, and witnessing 10 curlews in one location. At first, it was their peculiar whistle that drew him to the area and replied to his whistle and watched his every movement. 

‘We were finally on our way to Suwarrow. While we were on the way, I called a meeting with Arona and his staff and Puna Kamoe and her staff. This is a final briefing of the rules, as well as give advice before we get to Suwarrow. I reminded them of the rules of Suwarrow and encouraged them to keep within those rules. I asked for their cooperation as well. I even asked them to help and to support me in the protection of Suwarrow National Park. I explained to them that Suwarrow belongs to you and me and to every Cook Islander. This is our home. We have the responsibility to protect and to take care of our home.” 

Aere ra e Papa Harry, thank you for all you have done to ensure that Suwarrow is conserved and protected for all Cook Islanders. You are a national treasure, and we thank you for your dedication. We will miss you forever

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