Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Furore over ‘island politics’

Saturday February 15, 2020

Government MP denies involvement in termination and suspension of six Pukapuka civil servants. 

Work has begun on upgrading the water and power lines at Avatiu harbour in preparation for the new police patrol boat. The tail end of ex-tropical Cyclone Sarai smashed the western side of Rarotonga on New Year’s Day. With boats docked in the port hammered by the sea swells; the police patrol boat Te Kukupa shunted its mooring due to the extreme weather. Pictured here are workers constructing the bollard. The contractor for the project is the McConnell Dowell Construction Company. 20021306

For the first time, 10 Cook Islands female paddlers – from a teenager to a mother in her fit fifties – will compete at the Takapuna Beach Cup 42km Race in New Zealand.

Tough ‘tradies’ show tender love

Thursday February 13, 2020

Local shop orders 900 roses from New Zealand for the loved ones in Rarotonga.

Chefs set to cook up a storm

Thursday February 13, 2020

Kimi Ona was raised in an environment of cooks.

For her preparing and cooking food was a family affair and part of her daily life.

Rainbow tivaevae

Wednesday February 12, 2020

Cook Islanders take part in the gay pride march focussing on inequities still experienced in the rainbow community. 

Demos boss resigns over Facebook post

Wednesday February 12, 2020

Democratic Party say William Framhein’s resignation has avoided possible escalation of a “very unfortunate issue”. 

Marlin galore at fishing comp

Wednesday February 12, 2020

Fishing enthusiasts are looking forward to the inaugural marlin tournament on Aitutaki.

When in Mitiaro, you do as they do

Monday February 10, 2020

Mitiaro also known as Nukuroa, is peaceful and precious; like going back in time. Melina Etches shares her experience after her first ever visit to the island.

Five generations were present at the St Joseph’s Primary School prefect induction for deputy head boy Charles-Trevor Woonton. 

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