Articles by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne

‘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.


OPINION ‘Corruption is never bold; it is always subtle’

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

We should never be silent when those in power abuse that power for their own benefit, writes Thomas Wynne.


OPINION: The perils of political appointments

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Political appointments damage not only the integrity of our democracy but also the integrity of whichever Ministry they work in, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.