Most probably never think of/care to ask,
but for me, the significance of a place lies in the very meaning of the place name.
So I asked the 1st person I found, a BSP staff & kind Muri local who picked us up when Ni & I were given a ride by who was heading home for lunch one day.
I askedâ what does the word âMuriâ means,
and she shared that Muri means âBack, or behindâ.
I later searched in the online Cook Islands Dictionary that it means Back/Behind in Rarotongan and Penrhyn.
(I love that every island group has its own language,
On the dictionary , it shows that in Mangaian, âBack/Behindâ becomes âMuri ake/ Muri atuâ
Muri is definitely the best side of Rarotonga.
Itâs the side of sunrise,
and itâs the side with the beautiful lagoon water like a place from your dreams.
Leila has been going to Muri every day / whenever itâs sunny ;).
Muri really is the best, it offers the quietness away from the horrible crowd like on the beach at the Rarotongan resort.
In 2017, the Cook Islands government started a project called Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai
with a funny abbreviation of MTV-KTV ^0^.
The project is led by a team of experts who are white people,
which in itself calls for criticism - for the lack of local leadership as true âexpertsâ.
The project identifies Muri as the area of high priority.
MTVKTV aims to protect the lagoon waters in Rarotonga & Aitutaki,
the 2 most visited & inhabited atolls of this island nation.
Indeed, with the high population and occupation by residents and visitors,
We really must protect this beautiful lagoon water.
The island atolls in all the tropical regions are true treasure islands of the earth.
We need to show our effort in caring for them,
âin order for the future generations to appreciate them the way we get to today.
Conservation and preservation of âMuriâ should never be at the Muri of our mind,
but a high priority, at all times.
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