Articles by Melina Etches

PM on Aitutaki for opening of Bi-Centennial celebrations

Thursday 21 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

The official opening of the Aitutaki Bi-Centennial celebrations begins this morning at 9am at Orongo Park.


Turua appointed Secretary of Cultural Development for third term

Wednesday 20 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Anthony Turua has been appointed the Secretary of Cultural Development for a third consecutive term.

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Ports Authority attends Aitutaki Careers Expo

Wednesday 20 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National, Outer Islands

More than 200 students on Aitutaki attended the Careers Expo at Araura College that was held last month.


Aitutaki gets set to host 200-year Bi-Centennial opening ceremony

Wednesday 20 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

Aitutaki is in full swing and ready for the 200 Bi-Centennial celebrations that starts tomorrow with a grand opening ceremony from 9am at Orongo Park.

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Dressed to impress! Mamas turn up in style at annual fishing comp

Tuesday 19 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

On Saturday morning, 93 reef fishing enthusiasts dressed in bright and bold garments, took to the sea near the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club in Tupapa for the 2021 Mama’s Reef Fishing Tournament.


Cook Islanders urged to get cyber savvy

Tuesday 19 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Technology

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Cook Islanders encouraged to “cyber up” in a combined effort against cyber-attacks.

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Ready for the final term

Tuesday 19 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

The Imanuela Akatemia Early Childhood Learning students were cheerful and excited on the first day back at school yesterday for the start of Term 4.


93 years of Girl Guiding

Monday 18 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features

The Girl Guide Cook Islands Association on Friday marked its 93rd anniversary with a celebration at the Sinai hall hosted by the Avarua company. Senior journalist Melina Etches talks to some of the longtime members in a quest to discover its history.

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Tenderly growing vegies in Penrhyn

Monday 18 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

The principal of Manihiki’s Tukao and Tauhunu schools Anna Rauru was ecstatic to receive a delivery of “fresh and delicious” home grown vegetables from the island of Penrhyn.


Striving for gender equality

Monday 18 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

The Cook Islands Ports Authority has a male/female gender employee composition of men 57 per cent and women 43 per cent, with the aim to achieve equal or exceed female representation in the ports business.

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Raro elderly excited to join Aitutaki’s Bi-Centennial celebrations

Saturday 16 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

A group of 14 Are Pa Metua elderly members flew out to Aitutaki yesterday afternoon “excited” to be part of the island’s historic 200 years anniversary celebration of the arrival of Christianity.


Girl Guides celebrate 93 years anniversary

Friday 15 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

The Girl Guides Association Cook Islands are today celebrating their 93 years of “guiding” in the Cook Islands.


Koutu Nui recommends Land Court changes

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

The Koutu Nui recommends a change to Land Court and its procedures, and at the top of the list sits the provision of disabled facilities.

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Arrival of the Gospel Exhibition

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Te Tama ‘Ūā a Te Ui Ariki - The Gospel - The Adopted Child of the High Chiefs exhibition is on display at the Ministry of Culture Museum.


Bedding arrives ahead of Aitutaki bi-centennial celebrations

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

The Aitutaki Celebration Committee organisers and the Aitutaki Island Council breathed a sigh of relief when two containers of mattresses and pillows arrived to the island, to accommodate the arrival of visitors next week for the islands 200th bi-centennial celebration of the arrival of Christianity.


Search on for Rarotonga’s best burger

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Duncan Robati Corrigan loves the environment that surrounds cooking.


Privy Council to hear purse seine appeal

Tuesday 12 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

Rarotonga resident William Framhein’s 2019 appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on Cook Islands government’s purse seine fishing agreement with the European Union will be heard on November 17.

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Koutu Nui presents land law recommendations

Monday 11 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Those who live overseas should not determine the lives of those who live in the Cook Islands when it comes to land matters, recommends the Koutu Nui.


Deploying FADs to attract fish

Saturday 9 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

Fish is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, brimming with important nutrients such as protein, vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids, but catching them economically, especially in Rarotonga, is proving a major challenge for local fishers. However there is solution and as senior journalist Melina Etches finds out, its not that easy.

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Singing their hearts out

Friday 8 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Tough competition in the Karaoke Idol singing competition has resulted in two ‘wild card’ entrants selected by the judges to advance to the finals.

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