Articles by Melina Etches

A Second Chance at life for ex-inmates

Monday 22 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Crime, National

Over a period of 17 years, Mr X, a repeat offender, lived eight years of his life locked up in Arorangi prison. The former inmate was released three months ago, this time around he stands determined not to reoffend and not to ever return “inside”.


Help save a life

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Ngatangiia netball members and Matavera puna representatives participated in the Red Cross First Aid course held earlier this week.


Cook Islands Workers Association recruiting members

Friday 19 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, National

With a membership close to 500, the Cook Islands Workers Association (CIWA) executive board are on a recruitment drive to increase its numbers.


Second Chance for prison inmates

Thursday 18 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

For many years, lawyers, police and the courts have called for support for repeat offenders. A local NGO has stepped up to help fill that role.


Tawa Ngake district wins Kave Kave Fishing Comp in Pukapuka

Thursday 18 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

Tawa Ngake won the unique Kave Kave fishing event on the island of Pukapuka that took place last week.


Sole trader grant for Covid-19 financial support extended

Wednesday 17 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, National

Those who have missed out on government’s sole trader grant initiative can still apply for funds.


Working together for a better future

Wednesday 17 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

Araura Primary School on the island of Aitutaki held the investiture of their prefects last week.


Saving Rarotonga’s reef from the ‘spiky thing’

Tuesday 16 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

A taramea outbreak is considered human induced, not a natural disaster, says a local marine biologist.


Titikaveka College appoints student leaders

Tuesday 16 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

Matamaru Florence Hosking Tekoronga of Titikaveka College was appointed a student leader for the third consecutive year at the school’s prefect investiture last Friday.


‘Giving is not a burden to us ... it comes naturally’

Monday 15 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

The vainetini executives will congregate and display a tivaivai exhibition in September in lead up to the ceremonies to celebrate the 200 years of the arrival of Christianity here.


Government to amend licence process for seniors

Friday 12 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Prime Minister Mark Brown says the drivers licencing regulation for 60 years and over is providing ‘unnecessary burden on people’.


Elderly care centre Are Pa Metua gets beachfront home

Friday 12 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Smiles and relief were evident from the Are Pa Metua members at Prime Minister Mark Brown’s announcement that a new location for the Centre had been confirmed.


Centenarian Mama Mare laid to rest

Thursday 11 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Mama Matake Paruru also known as Mama Mare, has passed away at the age of 100.


Well-know community figure was woman of many hats

Thursday 11 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Hundreds attended the requiem mass for Henrica Ngamarama Wilson-Marona, also well known as Mama Henrica, yesterday at the St Joseph’s Cathedral.


‘For our children and generations to come’

Wednesday 10 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

After years of land ownership disputes, the newly upgraded Ngatangiia Matavera Health Centre and netball courts opened this week.


Building confidence through training

Wednesday 10 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

The Geoportal Training Workshop successfully ended last week with praise from the facilitators for participants from the southern group islands.


Solely focused on school work

Tuesday 9 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

Senior student retention rates have resulted in Tereora College having to cap year 9 to 11 numbers to ease pressure on resources and make sure the focus is and remains on learning.


A new leg for dancing

Monday 8 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health, National

In March 2020, Louisa Maea from the island of Manihiki had her right leg amputated below the knee. She shares her journey of losing her leg and the appreciation she has for the invaluable support from Te Vaerua, the service manager Maine Beniamina and physiotherapist Pare Tangata - whom she now calls her “sisters”.


Giving back to the community

Monday 8 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Not wanting to waste medicinal “akari pi” plants, Pamela Taea has given away her plants to the community.


A dream come true for Boaza

Saturday 6 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Makitua Boaza (nee Toka) is the new Maori coordinator for Te Kopapa Reo Maori, the Maori Language Commission of the Cook Islands.


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