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Children's books translated into the language and dialects of the northern Pa Enua

Monday 15 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

A number of school books have been translated from Reo Rarotonga into the Pa Enua Tokerau languages for northern group students.


Tongareva schools celebrate student leaders for 2021

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National, Outer Islands

The student leaders programme has been reintroduced in two schools on the northern group islands of Tongareva (Penrhyn).


‘We need to continue to commit to helping build an inclusive world’

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

International Women’s Day (IWD) began in 1911 and was officially adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 1975. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. On Monday the local women groups celebrated the event with presentations from six inspirational members who spoke on the theme #ChooseToChallenge.


‘One of a kind’ Mama Ngai Tupa

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

The late Ngaingatara Tupa also known as Mama Ngai wore many hats during her lifetime.


Clergies need approval to officiate investiture ceremonies in Pa Enua

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

The involvement of a Rarotonga clergyman in the recent investiture programme on Aitutaki has resulted in two motions being passed by the Religious Advisory Council.


30kg monster coral reef fish caught up north

Thursday 11 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

Manihiki resident catches huge fish by handline.


Respected leader laid to rest

Saturday 6 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of well-respected paramount chief and passionate cultural expert, Tararo Temaeva Arii Tepoua’e Karati Ariki MBE (Papa Maeva) of Akatokamanava, who was buried at the Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) grounds yesterday.


Superwomen to share stories of challenge and perseverance

Saturday 6 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Six women will be sharing their stories on how they #ChooseToChallenge in their work places and communities in acknowledgement and celebration of International Women’s Day on Monday. March 8.


Sharing their passion for te reo Maori

Thursday 4 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

Papatua Papatua began interpreting in Parliament two years ago when he was approached by the then Clerk of Parliament Tangata Vainerere. Although he had a scary start, today Papatua absolutely enjoys translating and interpreting for Parliament.


Internet choice on the way for Pa Enua

Wednesday 3 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Outer Islands

For many years there has been a demand for competition in internet services. Now there are several local businesses ready to enter the market.


Wanted: Cook Islands Maori translators

Wednesday 3 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local

Work is underway to overcome a serious lack of competent translators of Cook Islands Maori language in the country.


Mauke youth take up seasonal work in NZ

Tuesday 2 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Outer Islands

Youth from the island of Mauke have joined the increasing list of Cook Islanders leaving the country to take up seasonal work in New Zealand.


Lifeline for the economy

Monday 1 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy

Government’s Economic Response Plan (ERP) is a lifeline for the economy, says the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) economic analyst Dr. Willem Ysbrand Borren.


Couple say ‘I do’ at midnight

Monday 1 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

These are extraordinary times, when planned events are disrupted due to Covid-19 restrictions and weddings are no exception.


‘We honour you and we make a promise to remember’

Saturday 27 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Art, Features, Weekend

Knitting was introduced to Cook Islands Girl Guides in 1936. In 1940, a great deal of work was undertaken by the Girl Guiding Company in Rarotonga that included knitting comforts for men serving in the forces. For years the Guiders knitted garments for children overseas. This week those involved in the project were honoured at a special event.


Tussle over title in Aitutaki

Friday 26 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

Controversy surrounded the otherwise peaceful investiture of Taraota Tom as Tamatoa Ariki on the island of Aitutaki yesterday.


Regional trade deal to create opportunities

Thursday 25 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Economy, National

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration yesterday held its final public consultation to promote awareness of a regional trade deal.


Heavy rain causes flash floods

Wednesday 24 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Weather

The heavy downpour yesterday caused floods, disruptions to traffic and damage to roads in the Avatiu and Nikao areas. And the Cook Islands Met Service says Rarotonga could see more rainfall before the end of the week.


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.


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