Finance minister has some advice for letter-writer

Sunday October 29, 2017 Published in Letters to the Editor

I have been told that Papa William is paid from the Democratic Party Opposition office budget to write disparaging letters in the newspaper about the CIP government.


He must be getting paid pretty well with the amount of innuendo and lies he appears to put in his letters to the editor of CINews. Reading his article on UN membership, he sounds like the little chicken who runs around hysterically crying, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”

Please stand up and be a Cook Islander who is proud of our country. Don’t behave like some scared little boy who wants other countries to speak and act for us.

Just to be clear, our government has never announced its desire to have our New Zealand citizenship removed. We have a global population of around 100,000 Cook Islanders, with about 15,000 residents in the Cook Islands.

The majority live and work in New Zealand and Australia and few live in other countries around the world. For us, our New Zealand citizenship is not negotiable. We need to maintain it because of our strong embedded roots in New Zealand, going back to the early migration of our ancestors in the seven vaka that settled New Zealand right through to the modern days of migration which started after WW2 and surged when our international airport was opened.

Let’s not forget that the Maori of New Zealand and the Maori of the Cook Islands both travelled in the same vaka.

So I urge Papa William, even though I have been informed you are collecting money from the Opposition office to write your filthy, scaremongering stories, don’t be like Judas who collected his 30 pieces of silver to betray his master. Treat your country and our people with more respect.

Office of the Leader of the Opposition chief executive Wilke Rasmussen responds: Papa Williams is not a staff of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. The Office also does not pay him for anything at all. Like a growing number of people, he comes into the office to discuss issues of concern to him. What he writes to the media are his views and he is free to express them.


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