“The first time I saw the book my body went hiroroa as we say in Manihiki meaning ‘goose bumps all over’ from the front cover to the back cover without actually reading it! It is an absolutely powerful book and worth every minute spent by Rachel to collect the stories and for the survivors who unselfishly shared their stories, we can only thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Meitaki korereka kia kotou katoatoa tei hakatu mai i te tu o teia tupuhanga rikarika kia kotou. Your stories will bring the reality of the destruction of natural disasters for individuals, families, communities, institutions, authorities/government in the Cook Islands, Pacific and beyond to take heed and be better equipped for the before, during and after phases of disasters. It is a beautifully written book. You will not be able to resist it as the human side of disasters is so well told from the affected people and to not read it would be to deny yourself an incredible experience. Kia manuia e te katoatoa, Te Atua te Aroha.”
Niki Apii-Rattle, Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament; former secretary-general of Cook Islands Red Cross; trustee on the board of the Cyclone Martin Charitable Trust; nurse who went home to care for her people after Cyclone Martin

“An important book that does what no government since 1997 has done – hold an investigation into deaths that occurred during Cyclone Martin that year. Mātini names, blames and shames, yes, but also gains an understanding of what could have been done differently … And what can be done, still, to prevent this happening again, on such a tragic scale. A huge congratulations to author Rachel Reeves and Cook Islands News for producing this ground breaking book.”
Jason Brown, journalist; covered Cyclone Martin for Cook Islands Press

“People need to read about things like this… Hopefully this book will go out to the north and the south for people to prepare… Somebody’s got to tell the story.”
Senior Sergeant Rebecca Hosking-Ellis, policewoman; Martin survivor

“That’s good to get everybody’s story. I was wishing that one day somebody will come up and tell this story of Martin.”
Papapia Taraeka, shopkeeper; Martin survivor; the oldest resident in Tauhunu village

“A lesson for not only Manihiki but for the whole of the Cook Islands… A document that we can go back to, refer to, when it comes to disaster management.”
Daniel Apii, president of Rarotonga’s Manihiki community; Martin survivor

“Praise the Lord. It’s about time that these events were recorded and properly documented.”
Kora Kora, pearl farmer; Martin survivor; trustee on the board of the Cyclone Martin Charitable Trust

“There are some stories told that I never knew. I have to admit I read the manuscript at one go couldn’t put it down – it is still a very emotional experience. I think it is balanced and the main objectives of letting Martin victims tell their story has been achieved. I think we can truly say that this is their story, told from the heart without embellishment and guile.”
Arthur Neale, Palmerston’s executive officer; Martin survivor

“The story has to be told… I believe it has to be told so people in other countries or other Pacific nations… especially the new generations can prepare… We must drum it and install it in them to be aware and be prepared for nature when it hits.”
Apii Piho, pearl farmer; formerly Manihiki’s Member of Parliament

Te akaaroa i tei tupu ki to tatou iti tangata i te pa enua tokerau… This book is the only other book since ‘The Man Who Refused to Die’ to record and talk about a calamity occurring in the Cook Islands/to Cook Islanders. It’s good to know one’s history so one learns how to be better prepared next time. And there will be a next time. It was sad what happened to our people on Manihiki, and sadder still what happened (or didn’t happen) in the aftermath.”
Jean Mason, director of the Cook Islands Library & Museum Society

“The book will serve as a historical record for many years to come and a reminder to all of the vulnerability of low lying islands. It may be used as an evidence based document to support our national quest on the world fora with the on-going struggle to mitigate climate change.”
Dr Robert Woonton, former prime minister of the Cook Islands; Member of Parliament for Manihiki during Martin