Articles by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne

Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Making their mark in NZ political scene

Saturday 17 October 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: Potential history in the making as seven Cook Islanders contest for a place in New Zealand Parliament.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Connection key to great leadership

Saturday 10 October 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: A leader is someone who takes seriously the responsibility of developing and finding room for the potential of others.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: At what chapter do we judge a man's life?

Saturday 3 October 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: Former Prime Minister Henry Puna stated this week in his valedictory speech that history itself will judge the works of a man’s life and political career – be they for good or for not so good.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Tuatau taime - is it time for change

Saturday 26 September 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: Nothing has caused as much division and heartache as the split along party lines and the favours and favouritism and nepotism from both political parties.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Communication is vital in battle against Covid-19

Saturday 19 September 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: Effective communication is 20 per cent what you know and 80 per cent how you feel about what you know.


The gold in our brokenness

Saturday 12 September 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: True beauty and service is found in imperfection.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: The Rakau Rangatira has fallen

Saturday 5 September 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: Nations are shaped by the lives of those who have had the privilege of pounding the anvil of democracy, of power and of service with their personality and influence.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Exchanging ambition for service, humility and grace

Saturday 29 August 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: Ariki take their seats by right, but politics is different. Politicians must not convince themselves they are there by entitlement.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Finding trust between nations

Saturday 22 August 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: The appointment of New Zealand’s High Commissioner Tui Dewes shows the two countries trust each other more than they did.


Wisdom from beyond the grave

Saturday 15 August 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: We must make sure we are listening to the silent voices of our old and vulnerable, in deciding whether to open the border.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Shovel, digital or travel

Saturday 8 August 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: The lesson of the coronavirus is the danger of relying on just one revenue stream. Now we must decide whether our future is in seabed mining, online development, tourism, or all three.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Sometimes water, sometimes cocoa

Saturday 1 August 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: It is difficult to make a good clean decision using a murky process.


Thomas Wynne: The power lives in all of us

Saturday 18 July 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: You are the captain of your own ship, the master of your life and not even God can override that piece of Him that resides in us all.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Accuracy, truth and responsibility

Sunday 5 July 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: The media should be held to account, but not muzzled.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Our people have been through the wringer

Saturday 27 June 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: We are a people of adaptation and not a colony.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: The responsibility of free speech

Wednesday 24 June 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Letters to the Editor

It’s a responsibility to write, and to have those words published; in fact it is a privilege. Opinion pieces, don’t need always allow for academic scrutiny, though one would expect that opinion is measured, thoughtful, reflective, and pointed, addressing the issue rather than the person or persons.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Law doesn't define what what it means to be Maori

Saturday 20 June 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: We should not cut off our akapapa any more than we should cut down our tupuna trees.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne : Everyone has the right to breathe

Sunday 14 June 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: Do you believe in human rights? Do you believe in God? And will you stand with black America?


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Life or death decision: Who should give way?

Saturday 6 June 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: The helmet law is just one example of the intersections we face as a community.


Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Cook Islander or not, we are all on the same team

Saturday 30 May 2020 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials

OPINION: The new Immigration Bill defines who is a Cook Islander, and who is not.


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