Melina Etches

Melina Etches

‘The thrill of it’

Wednesday October 23, 2019

Cory Rakich couldn’t stop grinning, stoked with his “heaviest catch ever” – a 203kg blue marlin.

After pulling in the country’s biggest marlin in months, game fisherman Gary Pearce is ecstatic: ‘What’s not to love?’ he asks Melina Etches.

Kiwi cash keeps kids and tourists safe

Wednesday October 23, 2019

St Joseph’s school kids aren’t going anywhere, thanks to a new fence paid for by the New Zealand High Commissioner – and more to the point, it’s keep unruly dogs and unwelcome guests out.

Normal transmission has resumed to Rarotonga on the old AM frequency – well, almost normal, at least.

They call them the piranha of the Pacific. Except, Cook Islands’ predator giant trevally are 20 times bigger than any piranha. 

Sand art, pole dancing, singing, a guitar performance, line dancing and the evergreen spirited Cook Islands culture, added flair and diversity to the Miss Cook Islands talent category. 

Guiding the way for 91 years

Saturday October 19, 2019

When Ngara Katuke was a girl, there were no mattresses for Girl Guides camps. They slept on mats on the floor and nobody whinged, she laughs. 

The past two weeks have been school holidays – so what on earth does it take to get the kids up and excited and ready for the bus at 7am?  

Highest dengue risk is in Avarua

Friday October 18, 2019

Seventy per cent of the Cook Islands’ rising number of dengue fever cases have come from the northern part of Rarotonga.

Government decided the pearl industry was failing on the basis of a flawed official report, a well-known pearl farmer says.

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