Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Former health minister passes away

Saturday September 05, 2020

The former Minister for Health Nandi Glassie passed away yesterday (Friday September 4) on Rarotonga, after a brave battle with cancer.

Before he was a renowned general practitioner and well-respected leader of the nation, the late and great Dr Joseph Williams was simply known to his anau and friends as Joe.

Fair wages for fair work

Saturday September 05, 2020

Go Local: Musician turns to construction to make a living after Covid-19 affects local entertainment industry. 

Creating a show to celebrate culture

Friday September 04, 2020

The sounds of a 100 drums and the sight of 300 dancers in one show is a “passion project” talented artist and dancer Jackie Tuara is working tirelessly on.

Road block averted after meeting

Friday September 04, 2020

Residents are putting their trust in Te Marae Ora to keep the community safe from coronavirus as 60 returnees arrive from Auckland today. 

Planting to learn vital life skills

Thursday September 03, 2020

Trees provide nourishment, shade and shelter, and schools are benefitting from the tree planting project initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture.

800 coral eating predators collected

Thursday September 03, 2020

The reef of Rarotonga is healthy and as a result has attracted taramea or crown of thorns starfish that feed on coral.

‘Dad-ication’ is key

Thursday September 03, 2020

Nia Heather is jack of all trades but nothing beats being a dad. 

Homeless bees invade properties

Wednesday September 02, 2020

Construction boom in Rarotonga leaves swarm of bees without homes. 

Growing up in the village of Tauhunu on the island of Manihiki, Junior Napara learned to love music.

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