Dear editor, You may recall that in October 2019 I announced my intentions to start a new political party, the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands, to address once and for all the political appointments, the treating, bribing of voters and other irregularities at voting time and favouritism of public service appointments rampant in our society.
Dear Editor, Following your editorial “Let those parents bury their sons,” you spoke of known and controversial social media comments from contributors about 14 year old Mona Ioane Jr’s motorbike crash and death. Many had a lot to say whilst also posting revealing comments including attributing blame for Mona’s unfortunate passing. “RIP, e Haere Ra.”
Dear editor, With legislation in the pipeline with respect to improving road safety and reducing the number of motorcycle fatalities, and the ongoing debate regarding the wearing or not of crash helmets, I would like to suggest a way forward.
To this group of students, there is no separation between people and resources. For thousands of years, science has informed decisions about resource management – now the science is just a little different.
What a great inspiration you will be to many; I love reading stories like this as I’m a proud Cookie (“Michael Metuakore dancing with the stars”, Feb 8). I am so proud of you as will be many. I think any Cook Islander who goes outside the box is very inspiring – who would have thought? You, that’s who. You made it through – congratulations. I’m sure somewhere along the way we will be related, especially on our Marsters side. William Marsters is my three greats grandfather on my dad’s side, aue! You are so right about the Cook Islands capital of New Zealand, TOKZ, Love and light to you, God bless. Shine on all the way from Mangere, Akarana. Kia orana e kia manuia, Dora John Cecil --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I always believed you could do it, and I hoped for nothing but the best for you, as you are a beautiful soul both inside and out. So happy and proud of your achievements. Good luck for your future accomplishments. Not sure if you remember me, teacher aide in your maths class, when you came to Forest View High School. Always following what is happening and where you going, so proud and pleased for you. Arohanui, Lorraine (Lucky) Stowers
Kia orana editor, On behalf of the Koutu Nui and in support of the Ui Ariki through the Kaumaiti, we did not and will not support any name change such as Atea as described by Danny Mataroa. We will only support a national referendum in the future due to the high financial and economic costs associated with a name change. Te Atua te Aroa Terea Mataiapo Paul Raui Allsworth President, Koutu Nui
Dear editor, To hell with helmets! We’ve been there before, And it didn’t work. Already we have a very sound law in place, for the compulsory wearing of helmets, targeting our young people between the age of 16-30 years and those who travel over 40kph.
We all love to eat fresh seafood, and we are so lucky that we can get fresh fish from our oceans and put it on our tables. Seafood and shellfish can have delicate flesh so our cooking methods vary, but they can be cooked in so many ways. Flavours and methods of cookery from around the world have been introduced and have influenced our menus, dining experiences, preferences and expectations.
Dear editor, Helmets should be compulsory (Jaewynn McKay, “Helmet law scope gives me headache,” Feb 19). You're driving a vehicle at a speed that can cause damage not only to you but to others. 40kmh or 50kmh, accidents can happen beyond your control.
Dear editor, I have lived on Aitutaki for 30 years and my wife is from Aitutaki. I previously worked for the New Zealand government, and this experience causes me to have mounting concerns about the management of the economy here in Cook Islands.
Dear Editor, It is very sad that every time there is a serious bike accident, the “everyone must wear a helmet” brigade come screaming out of the woodwork, demanding the government impose more laws and restrictions on all motorcycle users.
Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai held a courtesy information evening at Turangi Meeting House for landholders and interested people. They presented options for “Centralised, reticulated wastewater scheme for Muri area”. This is prior to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).