Holiday homes for visiting elderly

Friday February 23, 2018 Published in Smoke Signals

Regarding the viability of retirement homes on Rarotonga, a smoke signaller writes:

“What a wonderful idea and it would give the elderly some company – too often older people are lonely, families are working and getting around is difficult. I wonder if it would be a good idea to include a number of units for elderly from overseas to come for a break in the warmth of Rarotonga – that could bring additional income and help with the funding. I’ve never seen any holiday accommodation specialising in units suitable for elderly people and some of them have the money to spend and would appreciate the opportunity to holiday in a safe environment. Just a thought.”


In parliament on Wednesday it seems one member was talking for more than 20 minutes just saying kia orana to everybody. “Kia orana papa, kia orana mama, kia orana to my family in Manihiki, kia Orana to my family in Atiu…” and so forth. This went on for 20 minutes – and it is costing five dollars a minute for parliament to run. Waste of time and a waste of money.


Another smoke signaller keeping their eye on parliament this week says, “Mark Brown’s suspicious reluctance to name and shame MPs who have benefitted from the tax write-off suggests that any MP who is or has been in business is a tax-dodging cheat. Starting at the top”.


Well done to the police department for taking action and making arrests of those who were accused of stabbing those recent victims a week ago. They were so on to it this time round. But what ever happened with the Tamati Marsh case? How did he get away with just common assault? Even though he pleaded guilty. It was claimed that the police “lost” the paperwork, and didn’t even get the medical report as well. But there was no arrest and the accused fled the country. Seems like it’s not what you know but who you know in the police department or who you sleep with that helps make things go away.


A recent CI Herald editorial suggests a couple of ministers have revealed the general election could be happening in May. George Pitt is dreaming if he thinks that cabinet ministers have disclosed this as a reality, or is he so accustomed to interviewing his typewriter that the truth just doesn’t come through.

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