3 Oct 2011

Cook Islands to welcome 50 couples from earthquake hit Christchurch over next 2 months

2:35 pm on 3 October 2011

Fifty Christchurch earthquake survivors and their partners are set to travel to the Cook Islands for free holidays in November or December.

The Christchurch mayor Bob Parker has almost completed his selection of 50 heroes who will enjoy an all-expenses-paid holiday to Rarotonga with their partners.

Mr Parker is also among those invited, but whether he'll make the trip is yet to be confirmed.

The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation contacted the Christchurch City Council in February, offering holidays to 50 people who'd gone the extra mile after the devastating earthquakes.

The Corporation's man in charge of coordinating the trip, Metua Vaiimene, says the offer can be made because of the generous donations of people and organisations throughout the Cook Islands.