Dick Scott’s books on colonialism changed the way children here learned about their history. Moana Makapelu Lee pays her respects to a friend of her family and of Cook Islands, Niuean and Māori peoples.
In the early hours at the weekend, you can see happy people piling out of bars and nightclubs after downing a few cold beverages. Some will pull the keys to their car or bike from their pocket, to drive home. They may be making the biggest and worst decision of their lives.
Joshua Matakino still carries the scars of the drunken bike accident that nearly killed him. Now, given a second chance, he’s grasping life with new vigour and determination. Losirene Lacanivalu meets him.
If your kids need surgery at Rarotonga Hospital this month, the woman caring for them will be a familiar face: former Cook Islands Olympic Games flagbearer Ella Nicholas. Losirene Lacanivalu pays her a visit at the hospital.
Voyaging isn’t glamorous. It can be wet, it can be arduous, it can be gross. Spending time on the Pacific on the nation’s sailing vaka, Rachel Reeves’ eyes are opened to the stamina and spirit of the people who settled these islands. They voyaged without power, without communications, without hope of rescue.