Don Carlaw: Tell the truth, NZ: It’s about votes

Friday July 10, 2020 Published in Letters to the Editor
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Dear editor,

The New Zealand Government is fast running out of excuses as to why they will not allow their people to come up to Rarotonga for a holiday.

The latest excuse is they are worried about these passengers getting the virus from returning New Zealand citizens while they are passing thru the airport – so what is wrong with using the domestic terminal?

The Cook Islands is the safest place on this planet regarding this virus, even safer than New Zealand itself.

No doubt when this objection is overcome they will dream up some other weak excuse.

If it is the health of their citizens or the health of Cook Islanders they are worried about, why were they so hellbent on opening their borders to Australians? Admittedly before this current surge in cases, but the virus was certainly not under control when they wanted to open the border with Australia.

Why don't they come out and just tell the truth: this is all about money for the New Zealand tourist operators and their votes in the upcoming election.

In the meantime they deny their people the choice of spending some virus risk-free time in the Pacific over these winter months.

Don Carlaw


  • Comment Link Ana Saturday, 10 October 2020 12:32 posted by Ana

    Yes, we do feel for accommodation owners whom are so frustrated at the lack of tourists presence however, let us remind all, that people here at home matters more to us than anything else at present. We do not want the border opened yet till the virus is eliminated .. there is always a faint chance that an incoming passenger could be infected and undetected. Keep it shut for the moment, we are enjoying the peace and has anyone noticed, theres less litter around, the lagoons so clean and beautiful, not a soul on the beach at 6am....its so peaceful and quiet again. Please, let us enjoy our paradise for a little bit more longer...

  • Comment Link elle Monday, 27 July 2020 18:33 posted by elle

    good thing Jude W understands, obviously
    he is well educated.

  • Comment Link Jude Wadsworth Monday, 13 July 2020 18:07 posted by Jude Wadsworth

    What rubbish, nothing to do with votes or the election - it is about keeping the Cook Island population safe - special arrangements will need to be made to ensure 100% safe both ways. When it is I will be there visiting my family

  • Comment Link Gary Price Friday, 10 July 2020 09:18 posted by Gary Price

    That was a great letter by Don Carlaw about NZ not opening the NZ border so tourists could come and spend their money in the Cook Islands.
    You hit the nail on the head about Jacinda, and Winston wanting NZers to spend their money at home. We are getting sick of the excuses as well, but saving our dollars to spend in Rarotonga one day soon, when they run out of excuses !

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