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The Cook Islands have seen a few scams. It was just a few months off completion when it was abandoned in90 per cent of the build done. And nothing has happened ever since, bar the goats and graffiti artists who live amongst it. The project rates as one of the craziest, most devious hotel investment schemes ever to be undertaken in the whole Pacific. The sorry saga goes back to a deal when the Cook Islands Government ed a contract with an Italian bank.
The Italian government agreed to insure the project, while an Italian architect deed it and Sicilian building contractor Sicel moved in to start work. Rumours of mafia involvement right from the start were almost certainly true. The multi-million dollar first dividend — paid out soon after the project started, essentially everything the Cook Islands government had put in — got extracted and paid out to a dodgy Italian holding company.
It was unlike anything anyone in the business had ever seen, arguable too that only in the Cooks could it have been pulled off so successfully. In pre-colonial times, the land which the hotel was built on was more than once the scene of bloody battles and ongoing bitter disputes between rival tribes. She also specifically stated that any business conducted on the land would fail as well. Wigmore escaped prison for his deed, a not uncommon outcome with the colonial authorities at that time with regards knocking off natives that displeased them.
But in the years that followed, the Wigmore family suffered one misfortune after another, culminating in their plantation completely failing.
Decades later, even an attempt to grow fruit there was a disaster after the fruit processing factory failed. In the dry season this waterfall becomes little more than a trickle, but its still a delightfully cool place to visit. It was first in the mids that a group of persuasive Italian businessmen formally approached the Cook Islands government with a plan to build a five-star resort on the vacant site. A deal was agreed that would see the hotel built by the Italians and then managed by the Sheraton Group. It was going to be a sprawling two-storey complex, the usual height, because nothing can get built higher than a coconut tree in the Cooks.
As the attending police went in to remove him, he planted his spear on the rock bearing the plaque, causing it to shatter. Only two of the Italians in her office could speak any English, the one she remembered best going by the name of Benito. Despite the language barrier, the gregarious and fun-loving Italians made a lot of friends around the Island while they were there. They certainly ate and drank like they were accustomed to, importing the finest Italian delicacies and wines which were all stored on site in a specially built storeroom.
Another of these suave Italians was Franco, who had made a career for himself being a freelance loan marketer specialising in getting hotel developments in the Pacific off the ground. He represented several Italian banks all of which had links to the Italian government, and quite probably the mafia as well. Franco was one smart cookie and was very convincing, having largely brokered the whole deal himself. But he also had a gorgeous Italian mistress who quickly earned a reputation on the island for her favours. Later it was revealed she had somehow convinced Franco that she should become the main beneficiary of his life insurance policy as well, just in case anything should happen to him.
Truth was it was rumoured, she was totally sick of him and wanted him gone. This she achieved by accompanying him on a trip to Vanuatu, where he was negotiating another big hotel deal. While in a seafront hotel there, she suggested to him a night of kinky sex which would involve tying him up to the supporting centre pole in their bure. Naturally, poor Franco went totally along with it. But when he was securely tied, she let in two Ni Vanuatu thugs with big hardwood clubs, the type they use to kill pigs with.
She had arranged and paid to get him killed, and they had been waiting outside for the al to come in. They smacked poor defenceless Franco over the head before untying his limp and bloodied body and throwing him over a bank into the sea. The gossip went around that she Cook Islands woman sex her favours in jail with the gaoler there for a few extra benefits too.
Diplomatic pressure from the Italian government saw her released early and flown back to Italy. The whole thing was a tragic and dirty affair and simply should not have been allowed to happen. When the financing of the near finished project finally did get cut by the Italian bank, Sicel filed for liquidation. Cook Islands woman sex loss was one of an array of factors that forced the country into cost-cutting measures, including across the board redundancies and a wave of depopulation that saw many locals head to New Zealand for work.
Several attempts to finish the Sheraton over the years have produced plenty of noise but all ended in whimpers. Tim Tepaki, a Cook Islander who has been involved in property development in New Zealand, claimed in early to have Chinese backing amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars to finish the project with the intention of bringing a new wave of Chinese holidaymakers out to the Cooks. That all came to absolute nothing. Today the Sheraton is still derelict and abandoned.
The site is overgrown, the grass rank and vines are slowing taking over.
Graffiti covers the walls, wiring has been torn out, and anything moveable has long gone. A few bleating goats are now the main occupants. Surely, never before has such a palacious multi-roomed goathouse ever been constructed. The derelict Cook Islands hotel where goats are the only guests. Gerard HindmarshJun 12 Gerard Hindmarsh. The abandoned and unfinished Sheraton Hotel at Vaima'anga on the south coast of Rarotonga. Goats are now the only occupants of the derelict hotel.Cook Islands woman sex
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