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.

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Member of Parliament George Maggie buckled to my challenge and called a public meeting last Friday (January 19) to account to the people of Tupapa Maraerenga for the tractor, Chinese equipment and Constituency monies totalling around $60,000.

Demo leaders slammed for lack of will

Thursday January 25, 2018

John Scott’s letter in CINews on Saturday, January 20 threw a flurry of hefty jabs, combination punches, the odd up-cut and some bombs.

I salute Mata McNair's revealing letter of January 18, criticising finance minister Mark Brown's arrogant and unwise choice of words in his denigration of both New Zealand and Australia, while kissing up to “China.com."

‘Shoddy’ sealing job

Wednesday January 24, 2018

I don’t know whether anyone has bothered to check the quality of road sealing carried out by Infrastructure Cook Islands’ road works people, but the recent re-sealing of the road in Muri was so shoddy that it now requires another reseal.

It’s good to know that Wilkie Rasmussen, chief executive and mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, hums a different tune to his party when it comes to the Cook Islands joining the United Nations.

Rasmussen hits back at letter-writer

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Further to my column in Monday’s paper, I wish to clarify John Scott’s query about my being a lawyer and chief executive for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition at the same time.

I am writing to express my concern about the national waste incinerator that was proposed by Infrastructure Cook Islands.

Development critic gets a blast

Tuesday January 23, 2018

I was reminded the other day that I have not responded to the letter by John Cooper in CINews on December 23 headed “Chinese unlikely to like hotel plan”. 

The main articles in Wednesday and Friday’s Cook Islands News made reference to an official government report, which is the recently released 2017/2018 Half-year Economic and Fiscal Update. It states:

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