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Eric Short : Pristine water

Tuesday September 22, 2020

“Our people deserve access to water that is clean and safe to drink” – these are words of the Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown.

I read with concern the letter from Tupuna Rakanui (House of Ariki ‘offended’, CIN letter, September 18, 2020). Any offence to the House of Ariki is both regrettable and unintended.

Dear Editor,

I just want to use this platform of free speech to congratulate the Tupapa Panthers and Avatiu Eels on a great club rugby grand final on Saturday.

Andy Kirkwood: Select committee meetings

Saturday September 19, 2020

Referring to Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown’s comment: “Select committee members cannot run their own meetings separate of other members. It sounds highly unusual. I would be surprised.”

I have been retired now for about six months, with my last visit to Raro being back in December last year. Now with Covid, Lord knows when I shall be able to make it back.

The House of Ariki is taking offence at the narrow and misleading remarks made by Avaroa Cable Ltd in the CI News issue of September 17. According to Dr Ranulf Scarbrough, “It’s their understanding that a ra’ui was proposed by the House of Ariki conference held on August 11th when they were consulted by Government on the proposed legislation”.

In the last week of August 2020, a group of us embarked on a workplace operations course offered by the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute – a fees free course under the Government’s ERP Phase II package.

Iriti Maoate: MP Selina Napa

Saturday September 12, 2020

On Thursday Cook Islands News published the Kata cartoon depicting Titikaveka MP Sel Napa to be money-grabbing, lazy and a very selfish Member of Parliament.

The submission to Parliament by Ngati Kainuku illustrates how ‘free allocation’ is widely misunderstood. “Free allocation” does not mean free water for residents.

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