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What an interesting article on page 12 of Thursday’s CI News, headlined: “Produce levy hits consumers in the pocket”.

In response to the letter from Cook Islands Party president Nga Jessie in CINews on Tuesday, I would like to advise Jessie to simply use his brain.

Free access warning

Thursday August 24, 2017

Perhaps the Cook Islands should be looking at the example of what is happening in New Zealand politics.

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Thursday August 24, 2017

Wednesday’s CINews ran two separate but related stories for us in the Cook Islands. The first was about proposed new immigration rules for the Cook Islands and the second was Fiji’s struggle with the effects of their grant of visa free access for Chinese travellers.

The result from the Ivirua by-election was somewhat predictable, because it has always been a safe Demo seat.

For those of you who live in the Cook Islands, it can be easy to feel the need to spread your wings and see the rest of the world. 

Well, let me assure you that the islands are unique in the world and something to be appreciated and treasured.

Constitution Day gave insights into the patriotic spirit of the people. Easy-going, with a little spice.

What impressed me?

I did not see people begging for money.

I did not see young people wired to their smart phones, but rather they were talking.

Sports are appreciated. Sorry about the loss to Tahiti!

The honesty of the islanders impressed me. The honesty boxes at fruit stands and other locations are a testimony to this.

On Sunday mornings it is uplifting to see all the people in their Sunday best going to church.  The choirs fill the air with melody.  I was compelled to join in the procession.

What concerns me?

Please do not become like Hawaii, which in many ways has become exploited. You don’t need high rises reaching to the sky. Keep your soul and your unique spirit.

I am not a member of a Green Party. However, in this case I would suggest that there needs to continue initiatives to keep the islands pristine as this is your greatest resource.

Finally, do not give your natural resources away to any other country. I know that permission was given to China to fish in your waters. No amount of money can replace your fish stocks once they are depleted.

I am from British Columbia, Canada. The Chinese fish with their big drift nets outside of our controlled waters and we can do nothing about it. Our beloved salmon stocks are being depleted.  For the sake of your children and your grandchildren, cherish your heritage and your islands.

Enjoy the Cook Islands - it is a unique country in this world that has so much trouble and dissention. You are blessed.

            Betty Lou Pacey,

            President, BL Lighting,


Wake-up time in Ivirua?

Tuesday August 22, 2017

The front page headline in CI News on August 19 reads: ‘Demos claim win in Ivirua’.

Time to stop using plastic bags

Tuesday August 22, 2017

All over social media there are videos of whales, turtles, fish and birds suffering slow, agonising deaths due to their stomachs being full of plastic bags and products they have mistaken for food. 

With Tina Browne, Smiley Heather and new opposition office chief executive Wilkie Rasmussen at the helm of this revamped Demo Party, we can now see light at the end of this bleak and dark tunnel, and can look forward to an optimistic future.

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