Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Mii Estall was living on the island of Aitutaki in February 2010 when, at 3am, the most powerful cyclone to hit Aitutaki in living history swept over the island.

Papa Saitu a man of patience

Tuesday May 12, 2020

Papa Saitu Marsters had a lot of patience.

Mitiaro kids combat Covid

Saturday May 09, 2020

The Tematangarengare school students of  Mitiaro have welcomed the resumption of classes – and they have returned to school with some special work. 

We can’t hug them, but we wanted to be here, to see them pass by. That was the message of love from countless Cook Islanders as Rarotonga ground to a halt yesterday.

‘Helping however we can’

Saturday May 09, 2020

Do your little children want to make new friends, enjoy a safe playground and fun environment?

The return of about 130 Cook Islands residents on a special flight today will be bittersweet. No ei, no hugs and kisses, no noise and laughter, no family to shower them with love.

Making Sunday their mum’s Day

Thursday May 07, 2020

For the Cook Islands, this Sunday is Mother’s day.

Ritia Tangimetua’s late mother loved chestnuts; now she has passed on that passion to her own children.

Growing up, Tere Joseph’s children watched with awe as their formidable mum raised them, worked a senior management job, and helped run a church in their own home.

Rima Browne tells how her mother Tashi Tutai shared different traits with each of her five ‘children of God’.

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