Melina Etches

Melina Etches

All the colour of the carnival

Friday September 20, 2019

Hula girls, Mario the cartoon character and men in wigs featured in last night’s 4km Fun Run to kick start the annual Round Rarotonga Road Race weekend.

Look out for the Cook Islands Olympian golden boy Alex Beddoes: he’s pumped up and ready to race the annual 10km in this year’s Round Raro festival.

This is what the Round Rarotonga Road Race means: it gives athletes like these four young men a chance to realise their dreams.

Round Raro: No wheels this time, for Dan

Thursday September 19, 2019

Richard Vinsen first competed in the round the island race in 1998, and has attempted to take part every year – but thanks to a motorbike injury, the Island Car director has had to take some time off.

The lawyer for a Rarotonga company named in a $1 million assets freezing order has spoken out to defend the company’s integrity.

As a McConnell Dowell site engineer, Maruia Willie isn’t entering Miss Cook Islands for endorsement of her beauty. It’s a chance to build networks to better serve her people. 

Maruia Willie felt blessed to have both her grandmothers Mereana Tangata and Tepaeru Willie stand alongside her on stage for 2019 Miss Cook Islands reveal night on Saturday.

Never a chance to say goodbye

Tuesday September 17, 2019

Scorpfield Wichman Anthony’s great-grandparents remember the boy they never had the chance to say goodbye to. 

From dust to digital

Monday September 16, 2019

Sixty-two years, and nobody ever told him.

Dr Ranginui Fariu was genuinely surprised to learn he had featured in a Tereora College school photo published in the first existing edition of Cook Islands News, in 1957 shortly after the paper first launched.

More than 200 jobs pressure-testing businesses’ vulnerability to cyber-attack have revealed a brutal truth: the greatest weakness in companies’ IT systems is not the computers, but the people.

Best wishes to the brave, stunning and enchanting young women named to contest Miss Cook Islands Association pageant this year.

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