Melina Etches

Melina Etches

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.

On Thursday the island of Manihiki held a Covid-19 prayer service. “People are worried for their families on Rarotonga and overseas,” says Tukao school principal Apii Napa.

Growing our own food

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Quentin Schofield’s family have started their own vegetable food garden, in case the coronavirus pandemic lasts for months: “No one really knows.”

As Rarotonga locks in border control, life goes as usual on Pukapuka.

Cheap veges in Aitutaki

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Aunty Nane had just planted more of her hydronic vegetable in her garden on Aitutaki, when the orders from the resorts dried up.

The unexpected arrival of a container-load of chicken, sausages and ice cream is like manna from heaven for Mangaia.

In South Korea last month, Diane McFadzien experienced some of the tightest, most unrelenting quarantine controls in the world. Now she is returning home to her family in Rarotonga with a tough message about the measures we need to protect herself.

Fine Tu’itupou Arnold was in Geneva at the start of the month for a Red Cross meeting. Now she has quarantined herself at home to protect her community.

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