Paul Hagai’s fashion design has a strident story, and he’s not too worried whose delicate sensibilities he offends with that story. Melina Etches meets him.
Joshua Matakino still carries the scars of the drunken bike accident that nearly killed him. Now, given a second chance, he’s grasping life with new vigour and determination. Losirene Lacanivalu meets him.
If your kids need surgery at Rarotonga Hospital this month, the woman caring for them will be a familiar face: former Cook Islands Olympic Games flagbearer Ella Nicholas. Losirene Lacanivalu pays her a visit at the hospital.
Voyaging isn’t glamorous. It can be wet, it can be arduous, it can be gross. Spending time on the Pacific on the nation’s sailing vaka, Rachel Reeves’ eyes are opened to the stamina and spirit of the people who settled these islands. They voyaged without power, without communications, without hope of rescue.
Papatua Papatua is one of Cook Islands best-known faces; certainly one of the country’s best-known voices – but his latest work sharing islands tradition with our people across the ocean was new and special even for him.