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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.