Remote Rakahanga has made history by becoming the country's first island to be almost 100 per cent powered by solar energy. And a representative of the landowners said it was the fulfilment of a prophesy made in 1959 by Mama Maria that the island would made beautiful. Speaking at the switch on, Papa Toka Makira said "You have a whole new power system, with solar arrays, battery storage, power station and new generator - The streets light up at night - Today you are beautiful." The project has been funded by New Zealand under a joint initiative with the European Union. Work is now underway on Pukapuka and similar schemes are in the pipeline for Palmerston, Nassau, Penrhyn, and Manihiki.
Right: PM, Henry Puna was among those at the switch on