Articles by Moana Makapelu Lee

Concerns about reclaiming land on Avarua waterfront

Monday 3 February 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Economy

A new waterfront park with sports courts for our young people is all well and good – but what about the environmental impact and cyclone risk?


Our photographer without borders

Saturday 1 February 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Local

Alex King’s image was trying to tell a unique story about Pacific Islands connections when she shot this image at Taputapuatea. According to the judges of a prestigious photography competition, she succeeded.


Calls for Demos to be sacked

Saturday 1 February 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Politics

Culture Minister George Maggie is calling for the sacking of the Democratic Party staff member behind an “inappropriate post” from Mona Ioane’s funeral.


Theatre play challenges seabed mining

Friday 31 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Entertainment

Young theatre director believes it’s important to return home to tell Cook Islands stories like the experience of LGBTQ+ mapu and the environmental response to seabed mining.


Cook Islands Maori to lead new Catholic tertiary institute

Thursday 30 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Local

Christianity was a big part of colonialism, but it also helped provide education to Pacific peoples, says new Catholic university boss.


Future vision: Avarua, the Monaco of the Pacific

Thursday 30 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Economy

Architects have laid out bold new plans to transform Avarua’s waterfront with a swimming pool, sports courts and – ultimately – a museum, cultural centre and sweeping new park reclaiming the lagoon right out to the reef.


I am sad at what I am seeing'

Tuesday 28 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Local

Floods came to the doors of homes and businesses on Avatiu stream yesterday – but unlike November, the water didn’t cross the thresholds. Moana Makapelu Lee and Jonathan Milne investigate whether stream-clearing has made a difference.


Resource police to 'keep roads safe'

Tuesday 28 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Crime

Government must take action to stem Cook Islands’ rising road toll, says the Road Safety Council.


Three cruises unable to make land

Tuesday 28 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Economy

Unfavourable weather has forced the cancellations of all three cruise ships that were to have visited Rarotonga and Aitutaki this month.


The shape of our future

Saturday 25 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Hot on the Rock

The chance to get in shape for their families has inspired 110 people to sign up for a new fitness challenge, starting Monday.


Aitutaki Sharks stranded

Saturday 25 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in League

Sad day for Aitutaki as its ‘struggling’ league team withdraws from the national competition and the club executive quits en masse.


The last horses

Saturday 25 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Weekend

As a horse rider, journalist Moana Makapelu Lee knows what it is to care for such proud animals. Up the Turangi valley road, she discovers Rarotonga’s last three horses – and meets the woman who is helping them live out the rest of their lives in calm and dignity.


Niuean musician supports hostel

Thursday 23 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Local

Sing it and they will come … Moana Makapelu Lee reports on an RnB artist’s dream to help his people in Cook Islands build their new community hall.


Shock horror! We reveal who's bringing power to the people

Wednesday 22 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Local

It was a mystery worth of serious journalistic inquiries: Who was responsible for the multiplug hanging off Tupapa night market’s controversial power board? Moana Makapelu Lee investigates.


Three more drink-drive arrests

Wednesday 22 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Crime

Three people have been arrested and charged for driving over the legal limit over the weekend.


Mangaia pets get vets

Tuesday 21 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Local

Te Are Manu vets Dr Josie Wyre and Dr Ellen McBryde have returned to Rarotonga after a successful vet trek to Mangaia, desexing and checking over local cats and dogs.


Electric George: Save money, save the planet

Sunday 19 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Politics

You might notice something different about the Minister of Culture George Maggie these days – but you won’t hear it.


Tempting fate on our storm-prone coastlines

Sunday 19 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Weather

Howard Henry says we are building a rod for our own backs with intensive development causing coastal erosion – making us ever more vulnerable to storms.


All eyes on high tide as Cyclone Tino passes

Sunday 19 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Weather

Two are missing in Fiji, hundreds evacuated in Fiji, Tuvalu and Tonga, and the storm tail threatens to lash Cook Islands today.


Cyclone Tino: Warning about the high tides

Friday 17 January 2020 | Written by Moana Makapelu Lee | Published in Weather

The west side of Rarotonga is expected to be the worst affected area as the tail of Tropical Cyclone Tino whips the southern Cook Islands tomorrow.


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