Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Tamuera Newnham learns Maori at home from her mum. And that paid off this week, when her Te Uki Ou team won the ute competition at the Highland Paradise cultural day.

Cook Islanders have nominated some of their favourite Maori names for this country.

In the name of art

Thursday July 18, 2019

When the sensitive subject of proposing to change the country’s name re-emerged in March, local artist Mahiriki Tangaroa kept thinking about it. It kept nagging away.

Editorial: Our identity in a name

Wednesday July 17, 2019

What's in a name? 

A name is the grouping of several letters of an alphabet, or other symbols, which represent the identity of a person, an object, a country; in this case the Cook Islands and its people.

Banking on the community

Wednesday July 17, 2019

The town centre now has clean bright barbeque tables for people to use, courtesy of Bank South Pacific (BSP).

Changing the name of “Kuki Airani” to a traditional tupuna Maori name is back on the agenda of the Ui Ariki this week.

Optimism for netballers, with Nicholas ‘stronger than ever'.

Luciana Nicholas, flag bearer for the 2019 South Pacific Games team, was named captain of the Cook Islands Netball Black Pearls squad for last night’s opener against Tokelau.

On Aitutaki, the students of Araura College are creating incisive artworks from blocks of wood.

‘Feeling Te Maeva Nui vibe’

Saturday July 13, 2019

Young dancers are rehearsing late into night as excitement builds ahead of the country’s biggest annual cultural event, Te Maeva Nui festival.

Language renaissance would feature Maori name to replace “Kuki Airani”.

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