Virtues in Paradise

Linda Kavelin-Popov is co-founder of The Virtues Project and best-selling author of ‘The family virtues guide’, ‘A pace of grace’, ‘Graceful endings’ and other books on virtues. In this regular column, she explores virtues in the Cook Islands context. You can find out more about her work at or


Virtues – power of generosity

Sunday November 10, 2013

Virtues are the qualities of our souls, the content of our character, “the fruits of the spirit”.

Deals dishonour the country

Thursday July 18, 2013

Sometimes we call the Cook Islands God’s country. We do that for many reasons. Perhaps it is because we believe its people are clean living and uncorrupted by the evils of the world. We also generally regard ourselves as nice “God fearing” people with charming smiles and decent morals.

Shark pillagers in our waters?

Thursday July 11, 2013

Some months ago I put some hard questions in Parliament to the Minister of Marine Resources Teina Bishop.

The people of the Cook Islands, at least those on Rarotonga, have been inundated with lots of photographs and follow-up write-ups from the Prime Minister Henry Puna and his spin doctor Trevor Pitt for the last week or so.

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