Melina Etches

Melina Etches

A Sunday without church

Monday March 30, 2020

Quietness and melancholy drifted around the island yesterday morning – the first Sunday without the usual gathered church services.

Financial lifeline to growers

Monday March 30, 2020

Vital financial support given to farmers and growers in unprecedented times of need due to Covid-19 pandemic. 

Emily Russell quietly celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday, just down the road from where she was born. 

“The first day of lockdown was a surreal experience,” says Anne Nicholas-Pierre.

Anne lives in Auckland with her husband Narii and their teenage daughter MahiNa.

Keeping sane in a bubble

Saturday March 28, 2020

Lisa Sadaraka, her fiancé Adrian Moody and four teenagers between them are in lock down in Auckland.

“It’s going to be a testing time for us all, so we need to keep kindness and compassion at the forefront of our minds,” said Sadaraka.

First the pharmacies, then stylish fashion boutique TAV. Now everyone’s doing facemasks.

The well-loved Mooring Fish Café closed its shutters indefinitely on Tuesday–for the first time in 10 years.

News of early school holidays brings out surprising and unexpected reaction from Mitiaro students. 

United in keeping the virus away

Wednesday March 25, 2020

The children of Apii Raumanu on the islet of Tauhunu of Manihiki are happy and smiling, and ready to battle the coronavirus.

Living on the island of Ma‘uke, Eileen Story started to realise how risky Covid-19 was when a team of health officials arrived from Rarotongato raise awareness.

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