Demo comments ‘bizarre’ – Tepaki

Tuesday January 08, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Firstly, compliments of the season to one and all.

May 2019 bring you all that you ask for and more.


And to our Pa Enua brothers and sisters, who have suffered economic hardship in silence long enough, at the hands of past governments, may China hear your silence and aid you in your fight for economic survival. God bless!

May I now respond to Opposition leader Terepai Maoate Junior’s headline article of Monday, January 8, headlined, “Demos call for due diligence on MOP plan” by saying, that is precisely why two copies of the stage one “Integration Development” of the wider Paradise Prosperity Plan are being provided to Government. One is for the government’s own due diligence on policy compliance and the other is for China to do its due diligence on concessional financing available under the One China Policy aid platform.

It makes sense that China’s copy is passed on and not held up, because if it declines funding, then the project is at an end and there is no point in government wasting its time on due diligence on a non-event, is there?

May I also take this opportunity to congratulate government on honouring its word not to interfere and politicise the commercial sector-driven Paradise Prosperity Plan, as discussed at an Islander Hotel breakfast with PM Henry Puna and Finance Minister Mark Brown.

I expect it would have been hard for the PM to resist interfering given that the project was at his behest and initiative, when he told the nation on his government coming to power, “it’s time to develop the Pa Enua and help our brothers and sisters”.

And may I suggest that he and his government have faith; landowners with the heart to share their prosperity with their community did not sign land-use MOUs for commercial sector development on their land for the prosperity of all without faith. China didn’t set aside concessional finance for commercial sector development under the One China Policy aid platform for no good reason, and MOP did not promote the development without faith that China will hear the sounds of silence from our people in the Pa Enua and make it happen.

Needless to say if I am wrong, I will run away and forget the Cook Islands ever existed!

As for Demo appearing to interfere with the Pa Enua and their commercial sector development, it’s bizarre!

            Tim Tepaki

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