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Mail: The Editor, Cook Islands News,  PO Box 15, Rarotonga

Fax: (+682 ) 25303

Dear Editor,

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.

Dear editor,

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.

Dear editor,

The matter before the court is the negotiation of land access (“Complaint filed against Govt”, July 20).

Dear editor,

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.

Dear editor,

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.

Dear editor,

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.

Dear editor,

I have just found out that the To Tatou Vai Bill is to be read in Parliament.

Dear editor,

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.

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