40 Years Behind Bars: A Publican in Paradise

The Trader and Trader Jacks

First built in 1986, Trader Jacks has become a meeting place for punters, politicians, and party-goers. Nestled in Avarua Harbour, this restaurant and bar is known world-wide as a place for good food and good company.

Established by Jack Cooper with the support of many, most notably his long-time compadre and chef Chris Douglas. The Trader was larger than life and 'made it' with the hard-work of people who loved him and believed in his dream...

Traders has stood the test of time. And has been established as an icon of water-front dining and being where-it's-at. Trader Jacks is a quintessential experience of Rarotongan hospitality and relaxation. Just watch the world float by...

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Mission: A Poke Bowl (2018)

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Traders' tunes

The Trader was a music lover, everything from soul to rock, and especially jazz. Trader Jacks held many impromptu concerts including the Finn Brothers but also a staple of talented local musicians.

Enjoy some tunes he loved.

Memories of Jack

The Trader in the media

More from The Trader

Jack wasn't keen on the limelight (yes, some of the time) but couldn't resist sharing some great stories over the years. Check out this RNZ interview with Warwick Taylor back in 2012 when he was talking about "30 years behind bars"!

From the horse's mouth