Melina Etches

Melina Etches

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.

Trevor Pitt returned home last week after attending the Disaster Risk Management and Resilience building conference in Hawaii with Prime Minister Henry Puna. Immediately after landing in Rarotonga, he self-quarantined.

Last flight out to the Pa Enua

Saturday March 21, 2020

Air Raro took off for its last flights to the Pa Enua late yesterday. Elderly mamas and papas with their grandchildren on their hips boarded their flights; working age adults tearfully watched them go.

Rarotonga’s schools close this afternoon for two weeks early school holidays – and students say it’s the right thing to do to combat Covid-19.

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