Boba Inu is a new Bubble Milk Tea shop located in front of the Cook Islands News on the Main Road in Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
Offering a variety of flavored, dairy-free, gluten free and vegetarian drinks.
Let me tell you a story about our guest today, the owner of Boba Inu: Ms. Mata Puia
Mata was born here in Rarotonga, then in the 1980’s her parents emigrated to New Zealand.
Mata studied I.T in the early 2000’s, has worked for Australia and New Zealand Government including private sectors, within the I.T industry.
I (Chantal) first met Mata in Sydney, Australia around 2005. Young, single and care free, a social friendship connection began between us. With Mata in the IT industry, she was earning AUD $50 an hour at the time. Much to my awe and admiration, of which I am appreciative as Mata was so generous that she almost always paid for our evenings out together!
In October 2019 Mata decided to move back to Rarotonga for a break from the Corporate lifestyle and to spend time with her father who was turning 80 at the time. A month later, (November 2019) Mata loved being home and the slower paced lifestyle and decided to start an I.T company called Raro I.T Solutions
5 months later March 2020: Covid closed our boarders…… So Mata decided to volunteer and work with the Ngatangiia/Matavera Rugby League Club as the Secretary and Junior Development Manager.
Then in January 2021, the idea of starting a Bubble Milk Tea shop fruitioned. The business is called Boba Inu, Boba is the tapioca pearls and Inu means drink in our Cook Island language.
Our target audience are mainly those that suffer from food intolerances like Mata, as she is lactose intolerant. With flavors such as Taro, Honeydew, Matcha, Watermelon, Thai, Mango, Vanilla, Strawberry, Coconut, Blueberry, Raspberry, Passionfruit, Lemon, Pineapple, The Pacific Wave and many more.
Mata’s tips for other Cook Islanders thinking of returning home to live:
Have a plan when returning home, build your own house here, bring your knowledge and a skill set that is much needed here or even start a business that doesn’t exist here. Or start a business that will fill a gap here. Theres a lot of opportunities here, get involved in community work, network and meet a lot of people!
Boba Inu Shop Phone Number (+682) 28760
Boba Inu Email is email@example.com
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