Melina Etches

Melina Etches

School holidays are being extended two more weeks on Rarotonga, meaning parents will be entitled to claim $100 a child to help cover care costs.

It can be hard to navigate the support available to those suffering from the Covid-19 downturn. With a lot of support going live April 1, we provide some guidance – and tell you how to apply.

Teleisia Mare was happy to spend her morning fishing at Avatiu harbour.

Covid-19? Just flag it

Tuesday March 31, 2020

First things first: Those aren’t red flags you see on the main road. They’re just dark orange. There are still no confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cook Islands, so there should be no red flags.

Marie Francis from Solutions Cook Islands Limited advises people not to stress – even in the coronavirus crisis.

Rosa joins Covid-19 fight

Monday March 30, 2020

The Rarotonga Puna/Constituency Emergency Operation Centres are now activated, but there is need for more volunteers.

Having just graduated as a nurse in November last year, Rosa Bob is now stationed at the Matavera Puna Disaster Risk Management Centre, helping the community battle the coronavirus crisis.

A Sunday without church

Monday March 30, 2020

Quietness and melancholy drifted around the island yesterday morning – the first Sunday without the usual gathered church services.

Financial lifeline to growers

Monday March 30, 2020

Vital financial support given to farmers and growers in unprecedented times of need due to Covid-19 pandemic. 

Emily Russell quietly celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday, just down the road from where she was born. 

“The first day of lockdown was a surreal experience,” says Anne Nicholas-Pierre.

Anne lives in Auckland with her husband Narii and their teenage daughter MahiNa.

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