Thomas Tarurongo Wynne

Thomas Tarurongo Wynne

Thomas Wynne: A sickening legacy

Saturday December 07, 2019

In the 1840s, the early missionaries estimated the population of Rarotonga to be between 6000 and 7000.

Echoing across the old wooden chamber, steeped in formality and history, the demure figure of a man dressed in red robes and a long draping wig said this.

As the Manatua Cable goes live next year, our ability to connect Cook Islanders around the world, our ability to connect changes like never before.

Let us disagree, and disagree strongly, but never should we let go of each other in the process and see each other as enemies.

‘Getting the job done’

Saturday November 09, 2019

Humble beginning inspires Cook Islands forward Adam Tangata in his professional league career. Thomas Wynne reports.

A list of names was left on my desk, six names of students I had to urgently meet, left by the departing school counsellor in 2011.  One I would later find had suicidal tendencies, three were just struggling to be in a larger school, one had been sexually assaulted by a family member and one was gay.

Barefoot boy to world spotlight

Wednesday November 06, 2019

Cook Islands-raised Kayal Iro is one of the young bolters to debut in national 13-a-side team’s qualifying match against USA next week. Thomas Wynne speaks with him.

It takes a village to raise a child

Saturday November 02, 2019

We must care for this paradise by pushing back against a rising tide of apathy and neglect.

Our people have not all fared well in their voyaging to Aotearoa and to Australia – but now things are beginning to change.

Opinion: Shining the light

Saturday October 19, 2019

Our Cook Islands communities on either side of the ocean have never been closer. The recognition of leaders like Glenda Tuaine Newport, Niki Rattle, Mama Tuki and her daughter Elizabeth Wright-Koteka.

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