Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Maori King ‘honours’ Cooks

Thursday August 29, 2019

Maori King Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero from Tainui, arrived yesterday on his first official visit since 2006 when he inherited the throne from his mother, the late Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu.

Fa’afaite, the double-hulled vaka from Tahiti, left our shores yesterday morning after an intimate farewell ceremony at the harbour attended by Pa Ariki, Karika Ariki, Vakatini Ariki, Marumaru Atua crew and friends.

Growing up in Matavera, we used to think of our community as Rarotonga’s smallest village – but we had the island’s biggest landmark.

Irakau William, on board My Girls, was rewarded twice for his efforts in the two-day Gary Parlour fishing competition at the weekend.

Swimming with whales for the first time was spiritual and emotional for Charlotte Piho – and especially photographing a mother and her calf.

Six enthusiastic participants attended a two-day workshop for all business owners and individuals keen to learn more about labelling, packaging and writing business plans.

Never stop learning. That’s what Veai Mani, 70, tells his children, and his seven grandchildren, and will tell his two great-grandchildren – when they are old enough to listen!

Stars as accurate as instruments

Tuesday August 27, 2019

Tahitian vaka Fa’afaite leaves Rarotonga this morning – captained by a well-loved member of the Cook Islands Marumaru Atua crew.

Apii Avarua were happy and high spirited at the opening of their grand Punanga O Matakura outdoor dome yesterday, performing a heart-warming turou (welcome) for invited guests.

Kids Page: Keeping it real

Saturday August 24, 2019

Manihiki’s Apii Tukao students are excited to share with us this week their short stories, kindly provided by principal Apii Napa.

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