Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Mangaia kids go for 15-minute walk after rollcall every day, beauty queen discovers. 

Miss World Oceania Tajiya Sahay isn’t your typical beauty queen: she walks her walk and leads by example.

Too hot in the kitchen

Tuesday February 18, 2020

The Chefs Association has heeded weather warnings and postponed today’s cooking championship and expo until Friday.

Home with his ‘Garden of Eden’

Saturday February 15, 2020

After 45 years in New Zealand, Teremoana Tutini fondly known as Papa Neke returned to his island of birth Mitiaro in 1999 with just his bags and a tent. Now 82, he has two houses and a self-sufficient garden locally known as the Garden of Eden. He is at peace, and loves the simple quietness of life. Melina Etches finds out more during her recent visit to the island.

Committed parents worked tirelessly on the weekends to complete Apii Te Uki Ou’s beach front recreation area.

Lead by example, prefects urged

Saturday February 15, 2020

New inducted school prefects receive timely advice from a former class leader. 

Furore over ‘island politics’

Saturday February 15, 2020

Government MP denies involvement in termination and suspension of six Pukapuka civil servants. 

Work has begun on upgrading the water and power lines at Avatiu harbour in preparation for the new police patrol boat. The tail end of ex-tropical Cyclone Sarai smashed the western side of Rarotonga on New Year’s Day. With boats docked in the port hammered by the sea swells; the police patrol boat Te Kukupa shunted its mooring due to the extreme weather. Pictured here are workers constructing the bollard. The contractor for the project is the McConnell Dowell Construction Company. 20021306

For the first time, 10 Cook Islands female paddlers – from a teenager to a mother in her fit fifties – will compete at the Takapuna Beach Cup 42km Race in New Zealand.

Tough ‘tradies’ show tender love

Thursday February 13, 2020

Local shop orders 900 roses from New Zealand for the loved ones in Rarotonga.

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