Embrace islands in name change

Monday March 11, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
Embrace islands in name change

Dear Editor,

Please allow me to raise some concerns of mine with regards to the issue of a name change for our country. 

Editor, I have no problems with changing the name but all I ask is that the name/names be created with deep meanings, and that it fits our culture and our way of life.

I read in your newspaper that we have a current advisory committee and you have listed the names of the members. 

Sir, when I read through this list of names, I find that the outer islands are not represented.  How could this be? 

I find today that the real tumu korero are from the outer islands, for they have been holding on to our culture. 

As for Rarotonga, yes, we have tumu korero here, but how far back in history can they relate their culture? 

I’ve noticed some of the korero being created today only partly relates to our history of old.  The rest were based on imaginations or just made up. 

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not criticising these members, but if we are to elect a robust advisory committee that embraces the whole of the 15 islands, then I suggest this is the way to go.

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