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Articles by Te Tuhi Kelly

OPINION: Crunching the numbers of 2022 Cook Islands General Election

Wednesday 3 August 2022 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Editorials, Opinion

If a Party can command the Pa Enua seats, then they will become the next Government. This has been a constant for several elections, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands.


OPINION: ‘They are just barking up the same tree with populist political policies’

Saturday 25 June 2022 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Opinion

Well, I am enjoying our visit to Aitutaki and I have also been talking up a storm with other opposition party supporters who are interested in what I have to say.


‘Distorted view’ of travel to the Pa Enua

Tuesday 1 February 2022 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in On the Street, Opinion

I have noticed over the last two years of Covid the parochial mutterings from the Pa Enua to keep their islands closed to those who don’t live or reside there, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands.


Hanging on by a thread or better than ever?

Thursday 20 January 2022 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Opinion

Well I hate to be proven right once again. This time the word out on the street is that the BTIB (Business Trade and Investment Board) under the management of chief executive Repeta Puna is now just hanging on by a thread, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party.


OPINION: The debate surrounding cannabis use

Tuesday 23 November 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Opinion

Nothing provides such a division in the community as discussion about gay rights and cannabis reform. The debate regarding cannabis or marijuana and laws relating to its decriminalisation has been going on for decades worldwide.


Between a rock and a hard place

Thursday 18 November 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Opinion

There are no bad employees, just bad employers, because if there were bad employees or potentially bad employees, they should have been filtered out with a proper pre-employment process and would not have been considered for employment.


OPINION: The benefits of investing in human resources

Tuesday 9 November 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Opinion

The government departments, who have the mandate for managing legislation relating to private and public sector employment, always struggle to provide a level of professional service commensurate with the letter of the law, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, the leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands.


‘MPs must be held accountable to the people’

Thursday 4 November 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Opinion

I have been having a go at MPs recently and I think it’s fair to say that many people are not happy with what we are having to put up with, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, the leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands.


A history of criminals, liars, philanderers, and those who were found to be derelict in their duties . . .

Thursday 28 October 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Opinion

Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands says he has been having a go at MPs recently and I think it’s fair to say that many people are not happy with what we are having to put up with.


What it takes to become an MP in the Cook Islands

Friday 22 October 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Opinion

Anyone can become an MP in the Cook Islands, or can they? What does it take to become a politician at the highest level in the Cook Islands?


OPINION: The economic impact of Covid-19 on Cook Islands

Tuesday 14 September 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Editorials, Opinion

For yonks we have gone around in circles talking about diversifying our economy, lessening our reliance on tourism receipts, investing in agricultural enterprises, foreign investment and guess what, the clamour for change has fallen on deaf ears, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands.


OPINION: Education system – the proof is in the pudding

Tuesday 17 August 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Something is not right with our education system and the teachers are fed up and have had enough, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands.

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OPINION: MPs suggestion to delay election poorly researched

Wednesday 30 June 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Editorials, Opinion

During the recent sitting of Parliament, two MPs from both side of the house tried to push forward the argument that if Covid-19 continues to affect the country’s financial situation, the forthcoming general elections should be delayed. Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party, says those MP’s haven’t done their homework.

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OPINION: Solidarity in numbers: Fighting for workers’ rights

Tuesday 16 February 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Editorials, Opinion

There are some people interested in starting up a new workers union to provide support for workers faced with employment relations issues, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party.

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