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Mother’s Day is every day

Friday 7 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local

Being a mum has taught Kopurei (Kopu) Anguna many life lessons. In an interview with senior journalist Melina Etches, she shares her experiences and some tips on how to be a good mother to your children.

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Junior dancers dazzle at the domes

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local

Eleven junior dancers beat stage fright to put on memorable performances in the opening National Dancer of the Year event.

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GOING LOCAL: Remedies for healthy living

Monday 26 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local

More than a year on from the start of Covid, Nane Herman Purea from Aitutaki remains smiling. That old saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’ resonates when you’re in her company and one can’t help but be drawn in to her infectious laughter. Journalist Melina Etches met her during her recent trip to Aitutaki.

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Aitutaki’s Mouarii Café – ‘This is my dream, this is me’

Monday 19 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Go Local

A year on from the onset of Covid-19, there remain a selection of cafés on Aitutaki that serve fresh delicious meals at affordable prices, so there are no excuses not to eat out when you visit the island.

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‘Just get on a boat and go!’

Saturday 17 April 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local, Outer Islands

Master boat builder Teokotai ‘Tango’ Herman has been in the business for some 40 years and has built many boats but none bigger than the new Air Rarotonga aluminium catamaran he is currently working on.

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Mobile cash app targets Pa Enua

Saturday 27 February 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, Features, Go Local, National, Technology

Sending cash to the far corners of the country has long been a challenge for many Cook Islanders, but a new electronic service is offering residents a cheaper and faster way. Will they adopt this new technology?

Economy


Will nodule mining impact animals that live on the ocean floor?

Thursday 11 February 2021 | Written by Gerald McCormack | Published in Features, Go Local

A closer look at the potential impact of nodule mining on the megafauna associated with nodules in the Cook Islands EEZ from Penrhyn southward to Aitutaki and Palmerston. By Gerald McCormack, Director of the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust.

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Cook Islands-based NCD research looks at early-life health for wellbeing

Tuesday 9 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Go Local

Siobhan Tu'akoi discusses her groundbreaking research into non-communicable disease risk in the Cook Islands.

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Pooch perfect! Dog groomer at your service

Saturday 6 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, Go Local

Keeping your dogs healthy by brushing their teeth, cleaning their ears, trimming their nails and brushing their coats is essential but it can never be easy. For Victoria Teio, her dog grooming business ‘Kuri Cutts’ can do all this for you.

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Pursuing pizza perfection

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, Go Local

It’s been a long road for Adam’s Pizza to get their business to where it is today. Along the way, owners and married couple Adam and Sabrina Connelly have caught some lucky breaks, but the backbone of their business is a steely determination to do things right.

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‘When Chantal is quiet, she’s learning’

Saturday 23 January 2021 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Entertainment, Features, Go Local

The permanent smile on her face shows that Chantal Napa is a go-getter. In partnership with American Haydn Adams, she turned a bad situation initiated by Covid-19, into a golden opportunity.

Entertainment


Inclusion for all members of our society

Tuesday 5 January 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local

Parents and families of children/adults with disabilities or genetic conditions have battled for some time for their loved ones to be included and accepted in society.

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The rich history of Mitiaro’s infamous water caves

Sunday 13 December 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, Go Local

Mitiaro tour guide Julian Aupuni Junior treasures the island’s legendary history that has been passed down from generation to generation.

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‘Tourism desperate but it must learn from this crisis’

Tuesday 1 December 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, Go Local

News of successful Covid-19 vaccine trials have raised hopes in the Pacific that the hard-hit tourism industry will begin to re-open in 2021, yet questions remain as to how it should be revived in general.

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For one Mitiaro couple, Home is where the heart is

Wednesday 18 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Lintonbon | Published in Features, Go Local

Since she was a little girl Mitiaro/Nukuroa has always been where Cindyanna Abraham’s heart is. And when you’re a guest at her and her husband Junior’s Divine Retreat, her hope is that you feel like you’re at home too.

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Mei po kerekere mai – Maire, the heart of Mauke

Saturday 14 November 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Features, Go Local

When maire ei orders come from Rarotonga, three Mauke sisters get down to work, and trekking into the makatea with sharp jagged rocks is part of their labour. Senior journalist Melina Etches had the firsthand experience of maire ei making during her recent visit to the southern group island.

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The Mooring Fish Cafe; hooks 10 years

Wednesday 7 October 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Food, Go Local, Weekend

What started out as a dream has become a 10-year milestone for Mooring Fish Café owners Steven and Jill Kavana.

Food


Eco-resort profits to support arts, health and education

Tuesday 7 July 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, Go Local, Weekend

GOING LOCAL: Royale Takitumu is to reopen with a new focus on philanthropy and the environment, as Cook Islands reinvents its tourism.

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