Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Beautification and the beast

Thursday March 05, 2020

The monster of widespread unemployment looms over the northern island of Pukapuka, with 19 government workers sent home from work. 

Fishing crew get virus OK

Thursday March 05, 2020

The Spanish purse-seining vessel Rosita C is anchored off Rarotonga for a compliance inspection and change of crew.

The Australian government has slashed health aid to Cook Islands by 75 per cent over the past five years, new figures say.

Parents and sufferers concerned at ‘lack of urgency’ in responding to dengue.

Newly-inducted student leaders of Tereora College are ready to serve. 

Cruise ships to Pa Enua banned

Monday March 02, 2020

Locals expressed alarm as passengers from luxury cruise liner MSC Magnifica were transported to Rarotonga hospital yesterday.

When an emotional Mama Vainepoto Makita was presented the Queen’s British Empire Medal of Service on her home island of Manihiki this week, she paid tribute to her father Elia Teka.

Young student leaders were exhorted to show ; respect, honesty and integrity, that they might one day lead like Manihiki’s own Henry Puna. 

Women and girls are make up half the population – but women’s organisations get only 1 per cent of grant funding.

With mounting concern about the harm caused by alcohol, government departments have been challenged to stop plying staff and visitors with free alcohol at evening functions.

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