Melina Etches

Melina Etches

The remote, crime-ridden community of Aurukun is far, far up in Australia’s northernmost corner.

Twenty-one years’ experience in nursing – but nothing can prepare you for a health response of the scale the world is embarking on this month.

It was less than a month ago that Gaylyn Lockington flew to New Zealand for the birth of her grandson Boston Kea Gray.

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.

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