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Calls for a Covid ‘kava bubble’ as supply from Pacific to Australia dries up

With little of the homemade Pacific brew available in Australia, prices have skyrocketed, and there’s been a spike in seizures at the borderThe questions are asked…

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The questions are asked quietly, but urgently: Kava, do you have any? Do you know where to get any? Have you heard what they are paying for it in Sydney?
When Pasifika meet in Australia, it is often kava that dominates: now, it is the absence of it.
The traditional brew, made from the kava plant and central to so many of the Pacifics social interactions, is in vanishingly short supply, an unlikely, unhappy, corollary of Covid shutdowns.
And the shortage is harming businesses across the region.
Kava…

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