Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Cook Islander who escaped China coronavirus lockdown applauds travel restrictions.

Eighteen-year-old Chantelle Tikitau just wants to get her feet back in the Cook Islands Under-21 netball squad.

During a kaikai in Mitiaro at the weekend of the latest tragedy, the MC announced a special pure akapumaana (prayer of comfort) would be held for the families who had just lost two young boys involved in a fatal accident on Rarotonga.

Teau-e-roa Peaceful journey

Wednesday January 29, 2020

From the heady honour of being carried shoulder-high on a pa’ata, to the depths of the earth in the Vai Nauri water cave – homecoming queen Tajiya Sahay enjoyed an extraordinary welcome back to Mitiaro over the past four days.

Miss Cook Islands given a new name

Tuesday January 28, 2020

Miss Oceania Cook Islands Tajiya Sahay has had a new name bestowed upon her by her people of Mitiaro: Teau-e-roa.

Miss Mitiaro

Tuesday January 28, 2020

From a London arena to the Mitiaro community hall, Miss World Oceania Tajiya Sahay was determined to return to where it all began. Melina Etches reports from the island of Nukuroa/Mitiaro.

Miss World gave Tajiya Sahay a platform to make a difference; Mitiaro lifted her even higher on a pa’ata! 

There is debate and new solutions about the use of Maori words.

No rain on Miss World’s parade

Friday January 24, 2020

The money donated by Cook Islanders to help Australian bush fire victims is climbing towards $30,000, ahead of this afternoon’s announcement of the total.

When should you accept strange-looking currency over the counter? One family had a lucky escape.

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