• Head of the Vaipiti family, the most prominent and wealthy family on Manutaki, Anaru is a much esteemed and admired figure amongst the islanders, particularly at church. Although a Christian man, he holds a deep respect for and interest in the cultural heritage and beliefs of the Cook Islands. Until recently he handled the management of the family pearl farm but he has now handed over the reins of the business to his son, Maui — a decision he is determined to honor. A loving husband and father, Anaru dotes on Aumea, his unacknowledged favorite.