Prime Minister Henry Puna spoke of the importance of cultural heritage at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris this week where he said Cook Islands’ cultural heritage was not buildings and monuments. “Our cultural heritage is centuries of calendars for fishing and planting, traditional navigation, using our ocean and environment to signal our weather, drum beats and dance steps. These are the things that have made our country what it is, and are still all in use today.”
Financial Secretary Richard Neves has been humble in defeat. After the Wallabies were defeated by the New Zealand All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup on Saturday morning (CI time), the proud Australian showed he was was a good sport by wearing an All Blacks jersey and eating a victory All Blacks cake at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management yesterday.
It’s goodbye to our tuna stocks
If it’s true that this Government has signed a deal that will permit four Spanish purse seiners into our waters (whether for four years or eight) we can all kiss our tuna stocks good bye forever. There is no way it’s coming back after that. This is the most sickening deal of the century.
OUR HERITAGE FOR 16 CENTS
Sixteen cents a kilo. For beautiful wild natural free swimming tuna! What is wrong with the brains of these Government Ministers and officials. Why are they so stupid? They are simply not placing enough value on such an incredible natural resource. Or perhaps they are, but they are working for the other side. Another fishing fiasco to chalk up in the list of Crook Island scams.
BACK DOOR APPROACH
The dreaded over the reef fuel pipeline project seems to have faded into the background – or has it? “While the controversial project languishes before some slow-moving committee or another, the promoters of the scheme have been making back door approaches to Cabinet,” a smoke signaller says.
EDUCATION NO MORE?
Earlier this year, amidst an outcry about the cost of its data and broadband services and the standard of its service, Bluesky promised to launch a campaign to educate the internet-using public about how to use their mobiles, computer devices and computers most efficiently. So what has happened since? Just about nothing, that’s what. Hopefully the new man at the top will do something about it – or is he the one who has ditched the project?
Amid the outcry about poor treatment of animals on Rarotonga, the weather is rapidly heating up and still there are goats, horses and pigs being tethered out in the sun all day, with no water in sight. Maybe the new laws the Ministry of Agriculture are allegedly drawing up should include some revolutionary new punishment for people who mistreat animals. Tie them up out in the sun for a day or two without water, and see how they like it.