Editorials (157)

Govt must invest in shipping

Thursday January 16, 2020

EDITORIAL

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

That famous line is from the movie Jaws – but the passenger shipping challenge facing Cook Islands government is bigger than any shark.

OPINION: The vicious rift in the Royal Family may seem a long way away in Britain – but as long as the Queen or her offspring are head of state of Cook Islands, it impacts here.

OPINION: The notorious editor of The Sun tabloid newspaper once took a phone call from the UK Prime Minister John Major, who was worried about what criticism he might face over his handling of a financial crisis

BCI SUMMER IN PARADISE CONTEST: Back at work after three weeks’ holiday, I’m easily distracted, and one thing will do it for sure: photos of my kids enjoying their summer break.

OPINION: I was meeting someone at Rarotonga airport, when I encountered a frustrated American tourist having a bit of a nightmare. Her bank had got the time zones confused (or some such) and hadn’t yet transferred her money orders, so she had no spending cash.

Miss Cook Islands Tajiya Sahay’s reaction when her name was called out among the top 12 contestants of the Miss World, said it all.

When one looks at some of the millinery abominations that are worn to Royal weddings and other European and US society nuptials, it’s easy to see why exasperated leaders might have banned headwear from the world’s parliamentary chambers.

It’s easy to casually throw around words like “strong”, like “brave”, even “hero”. But for New Zealand High Commissioner Tessa Temata, who died in office this week, these words carry real meaning.

The flood sales and so-called Black Friday are behind us; Christmas and Boxing Day and New Year’s sales lie ahead.

As children, we all knew the song: London Bridge is falling down.

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