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Articles by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne

The choices we make shape our experience of life

Saturday 16 April 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Easter reminds those of us of faith that under immense stress and pressure, Jesus made a choice and one that would lead him to the Cross – this is something many of us took time and reflected on yesterday, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


Rewriting history

Friday 1 April 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Is it time to pardon and rewrite the birth of our democracy and a man who contributed so much to who we are as a nation today?


My reo lives in my heart

Saturday 26 March 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in On the Street, Opinion

I am fortunate, because for as long as I can remember Maori was spoken in our home, just never to me, although at times about me, especially when I had misbehaved, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


What dies becomes the fertiliser of our lives

Saturday 19 March 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in On the Street, Opinion

If we measure our lives in season, there are those seasons when the Sun shone so brightly and others where it was grey and cold and it just seemed to rain, rain and rain, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


When the village fails the innocent

Saturday 12 March 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in On the Street, Opinion

They say it takes a village to raise a child and when the village fails the innocent, and fails women, something very precious dies within us all, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


‘Ka mua, ka muri’: Walking backwards into the future

Saturday 5 March 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in On the Street, Opinion

When western thinking arrived in what would soon be called the Cook Islands in 1903, Missionary advanced the way we saw the world, the way we saw ourselves and the way we saw time had already begun to unfold as we unravelled all our traditional knowledge, customs and ways of knowing and put them in a box handed to us by our colonisers with the word “etene” on it.


Never before has the word become so weaponised

Friday 25 February 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in On the Street, Opinion

Listening to the flurry of news reports on the invasion of the sovereign country Ukraine by President Putin and his army, I couldn’t help but notice the comparison between other narratives of tyranny, nazification and the weaponisation of words like freedom fighters around us today.


This is not a new challenge for our island home: Wynne

Saturday 19 February 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in On the Street, Opinion

We no longer sit on the beach of maybes, watching the tide roll in and out. We are now in that ocean also swimming against the tide, but slowly we make our way across, because as navigators and voyagers, this is who we are.


The battle for moral and information high ground

Saturday 5 February 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

We must never dehumanise those who may draw the line differently to ourselves, because in that moment we inadvertently become what the other side of that argument most feared, and leave the ‘table of understanding’.


What does prison say about our society?

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Our society is one where we see people through the lens of what we believe they deserve and what we also believe they do not, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


2022 – the year of decisions

Saturday 8 January 2022 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

The content of our character is a choice, and day by day we make choices some good some not so good, because choice is the core of what it is to be human, but let us also be clear our choices will always have an effect on others.


There is more to Christmas than Christmas

Friday 24 December 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

As commercialism and commerce have taken over Christmas, we have seen it commodified and churned out like so many other aspects of Western culture, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


Cannabis: The burning debate

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

Nothing brings out more emotion and reaction than the argument for and against the criminalisation and use of marijuana, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


OPINION: Wisdom is the only tonic for foolishness

Saturday 20 November 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Wisdom and foolishness are often found at the end of one’s tongue, and often though not always found in the actions that follow these words.


OPINION: The reality of the matter

Saturday 13 November 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Vaccination will mean less chance of hospitalisation and this is clear from statistics here in New Zealand and globally but in the end, we must be prepared for the reality that we will face when we open up on January 13.


Check your attitude

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

Its not often Tata Crocombe (resort owner) and I have agreed but I found his latest opinion piece in the Cook Islands News sobering and thoughtful with some clear statements on where our country is at and what we need to do now, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


A celebration of the arrival of the Gospel

Saturday 23 October 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

As the arrival of John Williams and Papehia on Aitutaki in 1821 launches the 200 years celebrations of the Gospel arriving to the Cook Islands, is it a good time to look at the change that this Gospel brought not just to the spiritual lives of those who were confronted by its message but also the political, social and cultural upheaval it left in its wake and continues to do up until this day.


Exercising fairness when addressing key land issues

Saturday 16 October 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

Greed is as much a problem as is absentee landowners and those that have profited much from turning their kainga into a cash register. If we want to address absentee landowners, and we should, we should also address this issue of land banking and greed at the same time.


Preparing our hearts and minds for Covid

Saturday 9 October 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

We must learn to live with this virus, like we do with the hurricane season, and equip and prepare our health response and our bodies, but more our hearts and minds because it is there we will truly win this battle, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.


Having the power to lift

Saturday 2 October 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Opinion

The pa’ata is a powerful, modern and traditional Cook Islands symbol for us all and clearly demonstrates that power is actually in our hands, and sits on our shoulders.


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