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In my last letter to your newspaper I pointed out abuse by the Government and by the Minister Robert Tapaitau of public funds to pay for charter flights primarily for personal enjoyment and political benefit.
The tardiness of the New Zealand government in reinstating risk-free travel to the Cook Islands, a realm country, is inexplicable. While they dither, businesses, jobs and livelihoods are being lost.
The matter before the court is the negotiation of land access (“Complaint filed against Govt”, July 20).
Got my copy of To Tatou Vai Bill 2020. Went to Parliament to listen to the Honourable Mark Brown present his bill.
During the last sitting of Parliament the Member of Parliament for Tongareva Robert Tapaitau, claimed that a chartered plane that took him to Tongareva was for him to go and check the airport for future upgrading. Those doubting this claim can check the Hansard reports.
You cannot please everybody. The members of the committee from the government side are all landowners on a number of the intake sites. We all have an intimate knowledge of the water system and our lands.
The New Zealand Government is fast running out of excuses as to why they will not allow their people to come up to Rarotonga for a holiday.
I was most interested in the response received by the Te Vai Ora Maori petition organisers from the New Zealand High Commission, when seeking some assistance from that office to obtain an opinion from the Clerk of the New Zealand House of Representatives on a procedural question.