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50 years of women in policing

Sunday 28 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Crime, Features, National, Weekend

Fifty years ago, two young women Jane Tauariki Tuavera and Makirua Luka graduated in the Cook Islands Police on March 29th 1971 – they paved the way for women policing in the country.


Mangaia ‘a pawn in the political play’

Saturday 27 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

Concerns have been raised over the lack of development on Mangaia because of “political divide and party differences”.


Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa unveiled

Saturday 27 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

World War 1 Corporal Solomona Isaac’s grandson, Isaac Solomona, says it was a proud and emotional moment for his family to witness yesterday’s unveiling of the Pacific Islands Memorial conch sculpture at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, New Zealand.


The deep sigh of the Pacific

Friday 26 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

A magnificent sculpture in the form of a conch shell, a symbol of the Pacific Islands Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, will be unveiled today.


Police retirement age removed

Wednesday 24 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Parliament yesterday agreed to remove compulsory retirement at the age of 60 years for members of the police to accommodate the incoming Police Commissioner.


Utariki Rangatira invested

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The rain held for the investiture of Grace Rea as the new Utariki Rangatira at Te Porotaka Marae in Turangi-Ma-Nga-Mataiapo last Friday afternoon.


Mauke MP Tura appointed Speaker of Parliament

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

Tai Tura was last night sworn in as the new Speaker of Parliament at a special ceremony held at the Queen’s Representative His Excellency Sir Tom Marsters’ residence in Titikaveka.


Walking to the beats of their own drum

Monday 22 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The Emo’Anga Tangi Ka’ara Battle of the Drums Schools Competition drew an impressive crowd as the female members in each group stood out with their amazing skills at the National Auditorium Domes on Friday night.


New building courses at local tertiary institute

Monday 22 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

For those who want a change of career or want to gain more qualifications in the building trade, the Building and Construction New Zealand accredited courses tutored by Deon Wong kicks off this week.


A woman of many talents

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

Meeting British royalty – Prince Edward, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, working as a radio announcer/reporter and acting are a few highlights of Tereapii Enua’s inspiring life.


Nukutere College ‘rocks their socks’

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

Colourful, quirky, and creatively designed socks added flashes of colour to the uniforms of students and teachers of Nukutere College.


Helping save lives

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

Local supermarket Prime Foods donated four Automated External Defibrillator’s (AED) to Water Safety & Surf Lifesaving Cook Islands for installation across the island.


Empire bridge replacement to take six months

Friday 19 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Work is due on the replacement of the daily used town bridge located next to the Empire Theatre.


Donation makes Creative Centre Rarotonga breezier and brighter

Friday 19 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Rotary Club of Rarotonga has stepped in to provide lights and ceiling fans to Creative Centre Rarotonga in their bid to brighten the lives of its members.


Covid-19 vaccine consultations receive strong local support

Thursday 18 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health

Most participants at the well-attended Te Marae Ora health ministry public consultations for the Covid-19 vaccination programme ‘supported the vaccine’


Pull up your odd socks for Down syndrome

Thursday 18 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National

Friday is a great day to show off the socks you own that are missing a pair – and for a good cause.


Drummers show off their girl power

Thursday 18 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Lia Taio loves her culture so much she opted out of swimming training because it clashed with drumming rehearsals.


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Wednesday 17 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

A unique mix of carvings by artist Hori Miller complemented the scenic beachfront ocean view of his art exhibition in Vaimaanga Tuesday night.


Girls add flair and flavour to male dominated art

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Te Maeva Nui ‘Emo’anga Tangi Kaara 2021 drumming competition will feature a near all girls team of drummers to add flair and flavour to the usually male dominated art.


Coat of Arms designer Papa Motu Kora laid to rest

Tuesday 16 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Metuakore Teremoana Ngametua Tutakiao Kora, recipient of the British Empire Medal and fondly known as Papa Motu Kora, was laid to rest at his home in Matavera/Rangiatea on Saturday morning.


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