Melina Etches

Melina Etches

The disappearance of the country’s tourists has forced Cook’s Buses to drastically reduced their schedule, cancelling their anti-clockwise service and Sunday run.

Lockdown in NZ hospital

Monday April 06, 2020

Tupapa’s Julia Evans flew from Rarotonga to Christchurch to give birth to their baby. By the time she went into labour, Christchurch was going into full lockdown.

The remote, crime-ridden community of Aurukun is far, far up in Australia’s northernmost corner.

Twenty-one years’ experience in nursing – but nothing can prepare you for a health response of the scale the world is embarking on this month.

It was less than a month ago that Gaylyn Lockington flew to New Zealand for the birth of her grandson Boston Kea Gray.

Rent stays at market

Friday April 03, 2020

There were no laughing cheerful women or bright colourful eis at the Punanga Nui market yesterday morning. It was empty and silent.

The $3.6m project to reconstruct the Avatiu bridge has closed the main road in front of some of the town’s biggest retail business.

Crackdown on drunk parties

Friday April 03, 2020

Liquor sales are being cut back to 9am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

The best job in the world

Friday April 03, 2020

Imagine: A remote tropical island of your own, far from the reach of Covid-19, where you would spend all your days swimming and fishing and relaxing on the beach with your partner.

School holidays are being extended two more weeks on Rarotonga, meaning parents will be entitled to claim $100 a child to help cover care costs.

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