‘Strangling this tiny nation’

Monday September 02, 2013 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I don’t want to bag Mr Teararoa Kimiora’s claims of intelligence (Led by a true Cook Islander, August 22), but can only offer him praise for sharing his experiences of struggle under previous governments.

Dear Editor,

I don’t want to bag Mr Teararoa Kimiora’s claims of intelligence (Led by a true Cook Islander, August 22), but can only offer him praise for sharing his experiences of struggle under previous governments.

However, his claim that the success of the Pacific Islands Forum and the attendance by the former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, at the forumattributing it to the government and its leader is absolutely short of intelligence and absurd.

It is the Chinese government’s continual expansion into the Pacific Rim that attracted the interest of the highest level from the United States to visit our shores.

The claims by a veteran journalist “best ever Forum in 43 years” is of course very much expected, what is the alternative“Not a good forum”?

No doubt the same veteran journalist will share the same remarks at the next forum, and so on, until his accreditation to attend lavish tropical parties expires.

Mr Kimiora and others now receiving subsidies for basic necessities such as water tanks, need to thank the Chinese government and no one else.

The truth can be found in another CIP supporter’s letter (August 22) clearly stating China’s US$1 million aid either towards the Forum or post Forum.

Surprisinglyno mention at all of any monetary aid from Hilary Clinton’s entourage.

This nation has been begging for foreign aid since becoming independent in 1965, and I suppose we should all be very grateful that after nearly 50 years under the so-called “realm” we’ve got water tanks.

Cook Islanders there and abroad need to stand back and have a serious look at who is strangling this tiny nation from achieving prosperity and free itself of foreign debt.

Editor, please note I have no ties to any political party in the Cook Islands as neither excites me, and I’m sure I am not the only one. However, I do agree that the people of the Cook Islands deserve better than this.

William Taramai

Upper Hutt, New Zealand

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