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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.