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Mangaia, the oldest island in the Pacific
A friend told me her family lived on Mangaia
for a year when she was young. Her mother
rode her scooter into a taro swamp chasing
Stubby the pig. Taro swamps were everywhere
she said and blimmin’ pineapple trees.
I told her it was a New Zealand Government
initiative to introduce pineapples. Mangaia
is 18,000,000 years old, the oldest island
in the Pacific. It has extremely fertile soil.
It’s volcanic that’s why it’s so red. She said
a stray cat used to come in their house
at night and shit all over the place and
so her dad killed it with a machete.