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21 September 2021

Articles by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne

THOMAS TARURONGO WYNNE: Years to build, seconds to break, a lifetime to repair

Saturday 18 September 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Be it Covid-19 or the need to vaccinate, or the exploration of our seabed and the minerals on its floor as announced by the government this week – it’s not a question of good science or quality research, this is instead a question of trust.


THOMAS TARURONGO WYNNE: Having the wisdom to find common ground

Saturday 11 September 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Nothing at the moment can be more emotionally charged than our personal decisions and feelings around Covid-19, vaccination, vax passports, and our faith and trust in government and institutions, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


Thomas Wynne: Separating the layers that bind us

Saturday 4 September 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Anyone involved with politics in the Cook Islands knows how critical that first role is because anyone wanting to form a government in the Cook Islands has to have met with the Queen’s Representative first with a list of names and show a clear majority, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


THOMAS WYNNE: Separation of power

Saturday 28 August 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Simply put, be it our church and state, or mataiapo and ariki, the separation between the two needs careful examination and understood not just by what we see today but also by what time has recorded for us to examine, critique and to reason. writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: The three-legged stool

Saturday 21 August 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

The strength of our three pillars – our government, our Church and our traditional leaders – and how they interact with our lives affects everyone who calls themselves a Cook Islands Maori, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


OPINION: Our children deserve better

Saturday 14 August 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

We are asking our teachers to give from the very little they have left, and simply, they deserve better wages and working conditions because our children deserve better, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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New Zealand's resistance to our statehood

Saturday 7 August 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

As we celebrate our journey to statehood, let us be clear on the journey brave Cook Islanders took, and the resistance they faced, as well as the role of Maori and trade unions who supported us to where we are today, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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Our people are our greatest resource

Saturday 31 July 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

It saddens me that we are forced to look to foreign workers to fill our current labour shortage when maybe we could fill that with our own people, even if it were for three or six month contracts.

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Discovering your life’s purpose

Friday 23 July 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

The fruit of purpose is a fruit we can all eat from, unlike the fruit of self service and self-promotion which is bitter and rotten to the core, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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Connecting with our culture

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

It’s hard to describe in words but yesterday’s investiture of Ngamaru Tupuna Ariki on Enuamanu signifies a time of transition, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Religion and culture

Saturday 10 July 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

We have things more to fear than Tangaroa and I would suggest that as Jesus said, the love of money is the core, the essence, and the root of evil – that is what we should be turning back from, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Leading the way in vaccine rollout

Friday 2 July 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

As many of us Cook Islanders watch from a distance the vaccine roll out from Rarotonga to Akatokomanava to now Nukuroa, the mighty arrow, the work of the Ministry of Health must be applauded as they protect our very vulnerable population from this global pandemic, especially as more people look to visit or simply return home.

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OPINION: We’re worrying about dogs, trees and pareu wear?

Friday 25 June 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

In a time when the world is fighting a global pandemic, the real world dilemma questions in Raro are cutting down trees, and too many dogs, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: The power of Parliament

Friday 18 June 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

When a Parliament sits at the convenience of its Government, or the Opposition spends its question time praising the government, or when Members of the Parliament can hold a full-time job and also collect a Parliamentary salary, or when success is measured by the announcement that they can now wear pareu on a Friday and a flower in their hair, what does that say about us who elect them, let alone the health of our 56 year old democracy? By Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Be the leader you want to follow

Friday 11 June 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Knowing as many of us do that in so many jurisdictions around the Pacific and at home, the subtle bribery of position or job and the benefit this can bring to a whole family can ‘quiet’ the need for justice, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Are leaders born or made?

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Leaders in 2021 who connect, who are compassionate and are teachable and led, are leaders who have the tools and vision to voyage us through the storms, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Thank you Te Marae Ora and New Zealand

Saturday 29 May 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

No matter what you believe or not, we must take advantage of the vaccination rollout programme to protect ourselves and each other from a virus that continues to ravage parts of the world, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Looking beyond the smoke and mirrors

Saturday 15 May 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

In a time when there is so much information, sometimes it is difficult to decide what is true and what is not, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: We are living in the ‘next normal’

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

It’s hard for this current generation to believe that there was a time in the world when you hopped on a plane and they asked you whether you wanted to sit in the smoking section or the non-smoking section, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Listen twice as much as you need to speak

Saturday 24 April 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Perspective is shaped not only by what you see but also by where you are looking from, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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