My, how we’ve changed!

Saturday March 12, 2016 Written by Published in Local
Avarua main town road between the courthouse and NZ High Commissioners offi ce. The older photo was taken in the 1970s. 16031176 / 16031188 Avarua main town road between the courthouse and NZ High Commissioners offi ce. The older photo was taken in the 1970s. 16031176 / 16031188

Soren Kierkegaard, a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian, once said “life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

 

Fifty years ago a significant milestone was achieved by the Cook Islands, when it became a self-governing nation, enabling it to independently map the way for its people allowing it to make their own decisions and to explore more beneficial economic opportunities.

However, the point to Kierkegaard’s statement is that in order for one to truly appreciate the value of what’s in front of them, or what could potentially lie ahead, it requires to some extent a time of “reflection.”

Reflection allows us to review where we  have come from, before we can determine where we are going. 

This year the Ministry of Cultural Development’s National Archives division embraced the concept of reflection through their historical photographic exhibition which was a huge success.

National Archives manager Paula Paniani, hand-selected images of historical land marks and buildings for CI News readers, to demonstrate how times have (or in some cases, we have to admit have not), evolved over 50 years. 

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