Articles by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne

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.


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.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Covid shines a light beneath the surface

Saturday 17 April 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Depopulation, addressing the poor lowly minimum wage, or the dependency on a single tourism income stream as a source of national income, are not new issues, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


OPINION: A matter of when, not if, Covid-19 arrives in the Cook Islands

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

Uncomfortable though it may be for some, is it really unreasonable to call for full vaccination before the borders open? By Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


Leaving behind a legacy

Saturday 3 April 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Life and death are certainties none of us can avoid, and though we all know we are headed for the dust; we don’t always live remembering that reality, writes Thomas Wynne.


OPINION: Foreign values misunderstood, misrepresented as our own

Sunday 28 March 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Mata kite Mata, kanohi kite kanohi – nothing comes as intimate or as powerful as the face to face meetings between, families, friends, or foes, and that moment when you greet. Be it a shaking of hands and pat on the back or high five hand slap, or the powerfully moving gesture of the hongi.


The trial of public opinion

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Ultimately, we stand before the judgement of public opinion and ultimately a Judge that will judge us on our life, our thoughts and our decisions and then it won’t matter how much money we have or the position we hold.


The will of the people ‘should drive change’

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Tolerance is like a gate that swings open and closed and through that gate we allow people, behaviours, actions, thoughts and ideas, writes Thomas Wynne.


As you sow so shall you reap

Saturday 6 March 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.


Defining moments

Saturday 27 February 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

We should know by now that life is defined by moments and especially those we didn’t see coming.


‘Our greatest export shouldn’t be our people’

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Our people should not be our greatest export and a government that wants to change this will have to address minimum wage and the rights of employees.


United we stand, divided we fall

Saturday 13 February 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

The tools of unity are not leverage or self-interest, nor are they arrogance and pride, because all of these will split a country, a family, a region into parts they may never heal again or come together.


Silence in the face of evil

Saturday 6 February 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Do we have a stomach for horrific crimes committed by someone in leadership, be it civil society, government or the church, asks Thomas Wynne in his weekly column.


Reaching our destinations

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

With now a month of sailing into 2021 behind us, we can look back at 2020 with differing eyes as it fades across the horizon of life’s experiences, slowly slipping out of view but its experiences challenges and memories we take with us.


‘Our reliance on New Zealand’

Saturday 16 January 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

It is a watershed moment for both New Zealand and the Cook Islands that one-way quarantine free travel will begin, writes Thomas Wynne.


OPINION: Silence in unhealthy democracies

Saturday 9 January 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Public scrutiny of public decisions that involve the public’s wellbeing and are paid for by the public purse should be welcomed and not defended as if the scrutiny of this decision was a personal attack, Thomas Wynne writes.


OPINION: Adapting to a changing world

Saturday 2 January 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Cook Islanders are survivors and the innate ability to adapt to any situation, is what will get us through, writes Thomas Wynne.


OPINION: From the crib to the cross

Saturday 26 December 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Jesus understood that leadership was not a position or a title, that in fact it was an action and an example, writes Thomas Wynne


OPINION: The season of change is coming

Saturday 19 December 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

We should be concerned with the sound of good capable people resigning and leaving our shores not to return, and of the call for us all to tighten our belts, while the few fill their bellies, writes Thomas Wynne.


Living away from home

Saturday 5 December 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

To say I have missed home is an understatement, in fact I don’t think there are words in the English language that capture the emptiness we all feel, those 80,000 of us who live in New Zealand but call the Cook Islands home. By Thomas Wynne.


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