Articles by Melina Etches

Big Blueprint tivaevae – a blend of old and new

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

The Big Blueprint tivaevae ta’orei – the patchwork style of tivaevae made from 1-inch squares of fabric sewn onto a solid backing – is one of a kind. Its captivating abstract design is intriguing.


Fix dengue, paramount chief says

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Growing cases of dengue and a mystery virus casts doubt on Cook Islands health system’s ability to handle serious illnesses including Covid-19, Takitumu chief Pa Marie Ariki says.


Mother’s Day is every day

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local

Being a mum has taught Kopurei (Kopu) Anguna many life lessons. In an interview with senior journalist Melina Etches, she shares her experiences and some tips on how to be a good mother to your children.


Manihiki ‘wasn’t ready to let Henry go’

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The sound of drum beats accompanied the welcome back to Rarotonga yesterday afternoon of Manihiki’s newly elected Member of Parliament, Akaiti Puna.


One Cook Islands celebrates seven years

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

The One Cook Islands (OCI) political movement celebrated its seventh birthday on the island of Aitutaki last week.


Landowner passionate about land court publication

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Justice Secretary Tamatoa Jonassen has apologised for the inconvenience caused by his decision to not publish the Land Court Panui list in the local newspaper.


Top line-up of Mire Ura Senior dancers

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Carlos Bond from the islands of Aitutaki and Penrhyn is “a little nervous but very excited” to participate in the Mire Ura Senior dance competition, which has been postponed until next Wednesday.


Failure to advertise postpones Rarotonga Land Court sittings

Wednesday 5 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Judge Wilson Isaac has adjourned until further notice the land court sittings that were scheduled to be heard this week and next, due to the lists not being published in accordance with the High Court’s Code Civil Procedure.


Smooth sailing on vaka Marumaru Atua

Wednesday 5 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Father Freddy Kaina conducted a blessing of Vaka Marumaru Atua before she was relaunched into the waters of Avatiu harbour yesterday.


Candidate says airport on voters’ minds in advance of Manihiki by-election

Tuesday 4 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

The Independent candidate in tomorrow’s by-election in Manihiki believes the sealing of the Northern Group island’s airport is foremost in the minds of voters, and not policies or manifestos.


The ocean welcomes back Vaka Marumaru Atua

Tuesday 4 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

After nearly five months on dry dock for safety throughout the cyclone season and maintenance tasks, Vaka Marumaru Atua is now planned to return to the water at Avatiu harbour this afternoon during high tide.


Youth course teaches life skills, builds confidence

Tuesday 4 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

Youth on Mangaia took up all 40 places in a course designed to provide them with skills to help them excel in a work environment and in a modern society, by building on their confidence, self-esteem and motivation.


Junior dancers dazzle at the domes

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local

Eleven junior dancers beat stage fright to put on memorable performances in the opening National Dancer of the Year event.


Stage set for anticipated Manihiki by-election

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

One hundred and thirty voters are listed on the electoral roll for the Manihiki by-election to be held on Wednesday, May 5.


Kids ‘Learn to Swim’ in Aitutaki

Friday 30 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

Close to 80 children on the island of Aitutaki are learning important swimming and water care protection abilities this week.


Eleven junior dancers compete on stage tonight

Thursday 29 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in

For the first time, 11-year-old Nanny Aurupa from Arorangi will perform on stage tonight in the Mire Ura Juniors’ dance competition.


Data shows increase in gender-based violence

Thursday 29 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

More efficient data collection methods have revealed a disturbing increase in gender-based violence in the Cook Islands.


Te Mire Ura dance comp starts Thursday

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The reigning 2020 Mire Ura junior boys champion Aporo William will return to the stage tomorrow night to defend his title.


Family unveils WWI soldier’s headstone

Tuesday 27 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Seventy-eight years after his death, the headstone unveiling ceremony for Private Namiro Mauore Service No. 60657 was held at the Nikao cemetery on Saturday morning.


Conference seeks a better life for women

Tuesday 27 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Local women are meeting to look for solutions on issues such as gender-based violence, the empowerment of women in business, and climate justice.


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