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The deaths of 14-year-old Mona Ioane and Fiji national Amit Kumar brought back painful memories for Tevita Navuda. He talks about the importance of lowing the drink-drive limit.

‘I just heard a bang’

Saturday February 01, 2020

Samuel Shaheem was one of the first on the scene, when 19-year-old Tetuanui Koteka died in an early morning bike crash just before Christmas.

Wine: The Kings Thorn Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2017
Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, NZ

As disputes over incursions by fishing fleets spread south through the Pacific Ocean, so too the face of maritime patrols is changing. Jonathan Milne reports from Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i.

Home with his ‘Garden of Eden’

Saturday February 15, 2020

After 45 years in New Zealand, Teremoana Tutini fondly known as Papa Neke returned to his island of birth Mitiaro in 1999 with just his bags and a tent. Now 82, he has two houses and a self-sufficient garden locally known as the Garden of Eden. He is at peace, and loves the simple quietness of life. Melina Etches finds out more during her recent visit to the island.

WWII coastwatchers honoured

Monday February 24, 2020

Grandson calls for recognition from NZ Defence Force.

The names of 14 Cook Islands coastwatchers who served in World War II have been added to the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s online cenotaph.

We know what America wants. We think we know what China wants. But do Cook Islands know what we want for ourselves? 

The recognition of the final resting places of six Cook Islands war dead causes us to consider how we remember them, and indeed, all our loved ones. Jonathan Milne explores the common strands linking the small family burial plots of Cook Islands to the sweeping American lawn cemetery of Hawai’i.

They were dismissed by some as just posing half-naked. But these 30 women who came together this week, irrespective of their age or size or shape, discovered a far richer truth: the importance of being confident in their own skin. 

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