Kia Orana – May you live on!
Who I am
Welcome to our world at Etu Moana, a treasure that will tickle your curiosity, satisfy your imagination but most of all give you a sense of well-being and peace.
I was born in Holland and immigrated to New Zealand 25 years ago. Together with my partner Eric we moved to Aitutaki in August 2014 for a very special reason: following Eric's ancestral links. Once upon a time his ancestors had left Aitutaki on their huge ocean canoes, Tainui and Takitimu, and sailed all the way down to New Zealand to arrive at Bay of Plenty. For both of us it has always been a dream to come to the Cook Islands - so we embarked on a new and exciting adventure.
And when we got here ….. it felt like we had arrived „home“.
I value cultural difference as it defines who we are as human beings.
I feel at home at Etu Moana because we celebrate cultural difference by creating a warm and welcoming environment for people from all over the world.
I am looking forward to sharing with you the beauty, the culture and the essence of Etu Moana.
Mieke van Lammeren
General Manager Etu Moana
We deliberately chose natural materials and a respectful relationship with the people and nature.
With our traditional Nikau roofs, we give families from Aitutaki an additional income and contribute to maintaining this tradition. We support the development of local fossil free business. This way we follow the pioneers of Okeanos.
For us the only reasonable approach to enter a new sustainable tomorrow is to be as fossil fuel free as possible. Solar energy currently heats up most of our water and we are planning to develop the use of solar panels to supply power for the Resort. One of the simple luxuries we are offering at Etu Moana is the pristine, high quality drinking water that is filtered by the clean pacific air. Clean, fresh and healthy! Aitutaki drinking water is nature’s present to all of us and it is with great pride that we provide it in every villa!
Finally, we believe that our most valuable asset as a business is the local staff that work and breathe Etu Moana. We would not exist without them. It is their dedication and pride that form the heart and soul of Etu Moana. A responsible management of the natural resources and a respectful relationship with our staff are principal to our business strategy.