Articles by Ruta Tangiiau Mave

OPINION: Protecting all peoples under their care

Monday 18 October 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Opinion

Covid-19 does not discriminate on race, gender, age, or religion, as shown from statistics across the world but it does show up in higher numbers for those vulnerable by age and health fragility.


OPINION: We should try to forgive but not forget

Monday 11 October 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Opinion

Once the news hits, the result is the flooding of messages to social media supporting the accused and giving them support saying they don’t believe the charges, that they are still the honest, truthful beings they grew up with, or associated with.


‘Honesty costs nothing, lying could cost you everything’

Monday 4 October 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Opinion

Honesty is a very expensive gift, so don’t expect it from cheap people. It’s written that it pays to be honest, and time and time again it’s proven to be true.


Slow and steady wins the race

Monday 27 September 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Opinion

Some people achieve a lot despite the burdens they have to bear. Others are overly spoilt or entitled and waste their talents by being frivolous and lazy and not taking life or the game seriously when it matters, writes Ruta Mave.


Ruta Tangiiau Mave: ‘Life goes on, history repeats, some things never change’

Monday 20 September 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Opinion

When people are asked to wear a mask while shopping to reduce the risk of infecting other people with a potentially deadly virus, they complain about having their personal rights and liberties taken away.


OPINION: ‘Luck is believing you’re lucky’

Monday 13 September 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Your decision can make luck, but luck can’t make your decision so always trust yourself, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: The changing and challenging role of fathers

Monday 6 September 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking, they have the unenviable task of being neither an anchor to hold children back or the sail to take them ahead, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Everybody, somebody, anybody and nobody

Monday 30 August 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

How many times do we have to say to the Government to diversify, create, find, discover, fund other ways to provide us with another reliable source of income, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Be the change you want to see in the world

Monday 23 August 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Count your blessings, stop your bickering, there are people suffering who need your prayers, and your mindfulness to make the world a better place. We can think globally but we need to act locally, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Pay teachers well before they leave

Monday 16 August 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Our long serving and long suffering teachers held the helm during the Covid disruptions last year, when times and circumstances added more strain for them to get our children through their necessary curriculum for their NCEA exams, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Underselling our precious resources

Monday 9 August 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, writes Ruta Mavé.

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Fairness vs. inclusion: Finding balance in rules for transgender athletes

Monday 2 August 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Opinion

The drugs for transgender females suppress testosterone but does not result in more feminine features, like higher voice pitch, more body fat to muscle ratio, whereas a transgender male taking testosterone will have a lower voice, more facial body hair, more musculature.

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OPINION: Fashion at the Olympic Games

Monday 26 July 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

In the Cook Islands before the missionaries came, we used local plants and rauti to cover our heads, necks, shoulders and hips. It was the missionaries who covered us from neck to toe with colonial clothes especially the muumuu, which was more like a nightdress formless and plain, writes Ruta Mave.

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RUTA MAVE: Monkey see, monkey do

Monday 19 July 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Opinion

The more we plead poverty the more we sit with our hands in our laps looking mournful like a Labrador dog, the more we lose our self-drive, pride, mana and self-identity.

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OPINION: Polygamy versus equal rights

Monday 12 July 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

When a woman finds a man, who will look after her, a man who will romance her, a man who will believe in her, a man who will adore her, it’s important to make sure these four men don’t meet each other.


OPINION: Agriculture needs creative thinkers and action makers

Monday 5 July 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Living in Rarotonga in year-round temperate climate, surrounded by fertile soil, and empty growing lands, it astounds me and tourists how often and how long we go without certain foods when we have so much abundance to produce at our fingertips, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Ditching colonial suit and tie for island wear

Monday 28 June 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

If MPs are going to make decisions and choosing to forego uniform for whatever reason, why are they not like school children donating money for the privilege of relaxed uniform rules, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Comprehending the feelings of ‘empty nesters’

Monday 21 June 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

My son lives full time with me, as a solo parent and provider, it has made us a tighter unit. He’s more like my roomie, companion, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Families need to speak up to protect their children

Monday 14 June 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Too many times our women have taken the stand to file charges only to be ridiculed by the defense lawyer. They are the man’s man if you want to get out of sexual charges, with their main cry of “What was she wearing? She was asking for it”, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Live and let live

Tuesday 8 June 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Is the world going mad? Are we making mountains out of mole hills? Can we not say or do anything anymore without offending anyone and if we do must it be the worst thing in the world? By Ruta Mave.

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