Many blessings up north – but water not one of them

Monday July 02, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
Water was a vital part of the cargo loaded on to the Layar Mas on Saturday afternoon. The ship later sailed to Penrhyn, which has been running extremely low on water. 18070105 Water was a vital part of the cargo loaded on to the Layar Mas on Saturday afternoon. The ship later sailed to Penrhyn, which has been running extremely low on water. 18070105

Dear Editor,

Our atoll islands in the northern group have many, many blessings.

I can even go as far as saying; “The best place on earth” - after all it’s my place of birth.

Unfortunately, however, water is not one of those blessings. For all of our water we rely on rain, with some ground water that is only good enough for our pigs. This is what I observed when I was living in Tongareva and Manihiki.

We have a lot of concrete-style water tanks that are still working or in dire need of repairing so they can be used. But most importantly, at a lot of government buildings like schools and government buildings where these tanks are installed, the guttering systems are in need of repair or have been totally neglected for many years.

You need the guttering systems for water to run into these water tanks and the tanks need to be in working order to be able to store the water. There you go local and central governments - maybe start sacking people on the respective islands for not doing their jobs.

Funny, the barge just left for the northern group carrying big tanks for Tongareva.

I heard the prime minister doing a spiel about them on our political radio station yesterday and last Friday. The tanks are full of water of course!

The irony is that the Cook Islands Party has been in power for the last four years, and Tongareva has a CIP Member of Parliament. Yet it has taken four years for them to come up with the idea to take such a large volume and so many containers of water to Tongareva.

Thank heavens since the election, that person is no longer representing the island in parliament.

            Peter Kaitara William 

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