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Are Pa Metua emotional about relocation

Thursday 4 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Mama Taka Wright was visibly upset and disappointed to see the belongings of the Are Pa Metua moved from the premises they had occupied and rented from Airport Authority Cook Islands in Nikao.


Keu Mataroa new Cook Islands Consul General to NZ

Wednesday 3 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Politics

Keutekarakia (Keu) Mataroa has been officially welcomed to his post as Cook Islands Consul General to New Zealand.


Kia Orana Values to inspire others

Wednesday 3 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Kia Orana Values were presented to the Cook Islands Child Welfare Association (CICWA) to inspire and reach out to their members with a positive start to the year.


Cultural ministry to pay tribute to Christianity in action-packed year

Tuesday 2 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, National

The themes of all Ministry of Cultural Development events this year, including the popular Te Maeva Nui, will reflect the arrival of Christianity to the Cook Islands 200 years ago.


Apii Mangaia introduces Year 13 studies

Monday 1 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

Students on the island of Mangaia no longer have to leave their homeland to continue their secondary school education in Rarotonga.


Students enjoy ‘buddy reading time’

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education, National

Students are settling in well after a successful start to the 2021 academic year this week.


Bush fires are an ongoing concern, police say

Thursday 28 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Crime, National

Volunteer Fire Services were yet again called out to contain another bush fire in Tupapa Wednesday afternoon.


Palmerston ‘could not come to an agreement’ on mayor’s role

Thursday 28 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in National, Outer Islands

Executive Officers (EO) for eight of the 10 islands of the Pa Enua have been appointed, the islands of Rakahanga and Palmerston have yet to be confirmed.


Green and gold shine for Australia Day

Thursday 28 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Over 200 people came together to mark the first Australia Day official function in the Cook Islands on Tuesday afternoon.


‘We are a sporting nation that loves the camaraderie and fun’

Wednesday 27 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Other Sports, Sports

The Cook Islands Beach Games held over the past couple of weeks were the biggest ever, in spite of only local participants participating in the sports due to Covid-19.


Deeping their roots in Cook Islands for Australia Day

Wednesday 27 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Australia Day was observed yesterday morning with intimate tree planting ceremonies at the Constitution Park.


Darts Competition declared overwhelming success

Tuesday 26 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Other Sports, Sports

The darts Competition which started in late December 2020, took place on Saturday and has been deemed a resounding success.


Cook Islander dancing into her dream

Tuesday 26 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

An intense and dedicated love of dancing and years of hard work and discipline has paid off for Havana Beal Vogel.


‘Fun and fast’ Beach Games

Saturday 16 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Other Sports, Sports

The Cook Islands Beach games continue to draw more crowds each day to the lively atmosphere at the Nikao courts.


Thriving in a man’s world

Saturday 16 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

Frances Taoro returned to her birthplace Mauke in October 2003 for a short visit but an experience there led her to change her mind. She stayed back and started a business operating from a small room on the verandah of their family home. Today, her one stop shop Kato’s General Store continues to thrive.


Investigations into fire incidents ‘ongoing’

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

Two tankers from the Takitumu Volunteer fire brigade and two trucks from the Puaikura Volunteer fire services were dispatched to attend the house fire on the Arorangi hillside on Wednesday afternoon.


Historical toa trees removed

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

Rain fell on Tuesday afternoon as the last of the beloved Matavera toa (ironwood) trees were felled, allowing government workers to proceed with roadworks in the area.


Government begins removing beloved toa trees in Matavera

Tuesday 12 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

Work to remove the toa (ironwood) trees that have graced the road side of Matavera since the early 1960s started yesterday.


Rangokere – a time to share, be grateful and appreciate Mauke

Saturday 9 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

The Christmas and New Year Day festive season in Mauke is about “rangokere” – the gifting of baskets of food, the picnics, the joyful songs and dances and the hosting of specially prepared feasts in homes – teretere or roni.


‘Being in Mauke really felt like going home’

Saturday 9 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Weekend

Tere Carr, husband Mike, children Kiva and Maeva, and mother Rongo Preston chose to spend the Christmas break on Mauke, a place she had last visited in the early 1990s.


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