Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Diesel pipe is fixed

Saturday October 12, 2019

Repairs to the ruptured Pacific Energy fuel pipeline located on the main road at Avatiu harbour have been completed, ahead of the scheduled arrival of the next fuel tanker ship next month.

Te Reo Maori words revived

Friday October 11, 2019

Merle Pukerua was delighted to discover old Maori words and terms she had never heard of.

The science of beauty

Thursday October 10, 2019

Beauty pageants aren’t for everyone, says the winner of Miss Cook Islands New Zealand. But for all the stress, the personal rewards are enormous. Article by Melina Etches and photos by Gerardus Verspeek.

Safer flights to Pa Enua

Thursday October 10, 2019

New satellite-based landing approaches should mean fewer flights are forced to turn back in bad weather. 

The Punanga Nui markets will be operating every Thursday evening from 5 to 9pm, starting tonight.

Life on the ocean wave

Tuesday October 08, 2019

John Teaurima has been at sea even longer than his police patrol boat, Te Kukupa – but even he needs seasickness pills in the bigger storms. Melina Etches meets him.

“I’m honoured and proud,” says Terito Story, after being crowned Miss Cook Islands New Zealand.

Beefing up Security systems

Monday October 07, 2019

In a bid to combat the rising burglary and robbery cases on the island, Raro Security Limited is beefing up its security monitoring systems with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) surveillance.

Water safety tailored to Cooks needs

Saturday October 05, 2019

Five members of Cook Islands Red Cross have returned from Italy, the first qualified water safety and rescue instructors in our region.

Source of fuel leak is traced

Saturday October 05, 2019

The rupture in the Pacific Energy fuel pipeline has been identified as at the joint of two pipelines alongside the main road in Avatiu wharf, opposite Temu Okotai’s Pearl Shop.

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