Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Are chiefs still relevant?

Friday August 02, 2019

Traditional leaders debated their own relevance on the last day of Te Koutu Nui conference.

Cook Islands' dancers took a breather last night from four nights of competition, leaving open the stage for Te Maeva Nui's famous international night.

Traditional leaders have called on government to invest more in border control to combat drug trafficking.

MP Baker home and back to work

Wednesday July 31, 2019

Member of Parliament for Akaoa Nooroa Baker returned home last Monday and has started getting back into community projects with enthusiasm.

Pa Enua crafts a Trade Day hit

Wednesday July 31, 2019

Nga Matapo sets up the handmade shell eis of poi poi and the popular ei pupu at the Mangaia Enua stall for the annual Te Maeva Nui BCI Trade Days.

Dancers advised to hydrate

Wednesday July 31, 2019

The female dancer of the Pukapuka/Nassau group who fainted on Monday night after the group’s performance has recovered quickly and is back with the team, taking it easy and drinking lots of water.

Cooks’ own Culture Club

Tuesday July 30, 2019

Te Maeva Nui cultural performances kicked off last night with Aitutaki Enua (pictured) starting the show with a pe’e – their traditional chant.

Boom! And they’re off. Te Maeva Nui, the biggest cultural event in the South Pacific, is underway. 

Since I was younger I’ve always loved Float Day. The day people converge in town to watch, catch up and be enlightened with the creations of each entrant. It’s fun when trying to debate which one is the best.

Find your place early for the spectacular 28-float parade to launch Te Maeva Nui 2019.

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