Melina Etches

Melina Etches

Rent stays at market

Friday April 03, 2020

There were no laughing cheerful women or bright colourful eis at the Punanga Nui market yesterday morning. It was empty and silent.

The $3.6m project to reconstruct the Avatiu bridge has closed the main road in front of some of the town’s biggest retail business.

Crackdown on drunk parties

Friday April 03, 2020

Liquor sales are being cut back to 9am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

The best job in the world

Friday April 03, 2020

Imagine: A remote tropical island of your own, far from the reach of Covid-19, where you would spend all your days swimming and fishing and relaxing on the beach with your partner.

School holidays are being extended two more weeks on Rarotonga, meaning parents will be entitled to claim $100 a child to help cover care costs.

It can be hard to navigate the support available to those suffering from the Covid-19 downturn. With a lot of support going live April 1, we provide some guidance – and tell you how to apply.

Teleisia Mare was happy to spend her morning fishing at Avatiu harbour.

Covid-19? Just flag it

Tuesday March 31, 2020

First things first: Those aren’t red flags you see on the main road. They’re just dark orange. There are still no confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cook Islands, so there should be no red flags.

Marie Francis from Solutions Cook Islands Limited advises people not to stress – even in the coronavirus crisis.

Rosa joins Covid-19 fight

Monday March 30, 2020

The Rarotonga Puna/Constituency Emergency Operation Centres are now activated, but there is need for more volunteers.

Having just graduated as a nurse in November last year, Rosa Bob is now stationed at the Matavera Puna Disaster Risk Management Centre, helping the community battle the coronavirus crisis.

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