Letters to the Editor
Letters are one of the most important parts of the paper because this is where the community has a chance to have its say. All letters to the editor received will generally be published, provided they are not defamatory or are covering exactly the same ground by the same writer.
Non du plume are acceptable, but the name, address and contact details must be provided to the editor.
I have researched the requirements for UN membership and there is no need for the Cook Islands to surrender our New Zealand citizenship and become independent as part of our membership application.
Two years ago I arrived back in Rarotonga, back to my dream place where I had spent years loving school, sailing, playing and making lifelong friends.
If our government still wishes to pursue its United Nations ambitions, it is clear that Cook Islanders will have to forfeit their New Zealand citizenship.
So far, the most disappointing aspect of the debate on the Cook Islands graduating to developed nation status is that there has been no examination through your columns of the issue.
As the Pare of Ngati-Vaikai I would like to correct a statement made by letter-writer “Disillusioned Disciple” in CINews on October 2.
While I applaud the Cook Islands finally passing a law which requires helmets to be worn when riding motorbikes and scooters, the law is inadequate, selective and discriminatory in its current form.
It is not unusual at this time of the year to experience reduced rainfall and water shortages and it is happening again right now and the sprinkling over the weekend will do nothing to alleviate it.