Dear Editor, as a business owner and regular visitor to Rarotonga it is wonderful to have the freedom to come and go again and to welcome our visitors back.
I am however very disappointed to see plastics bags being handed out (generously) again in shop and stalls. A few years ago, Rarotonga was making fantastic progress in reducing the use of these single-use plastic bags and now it seems we have slipped back into the old ways – Why? What happened?
am sure you will notice our NZ visitors saying NO to the plastic bag as the use
of these has been banned over there and is working well.
I see the young people of Rarotonga asking (begging) and encouraging us to take
better care of the island – to reduce rubbish and manage it responsibly – what
are we doing to support them and their future? We are offering and handing out
plastic bags with every purchase. This needs to stop!
Director, The Flametree Villa
political promises are just that and without consistent and sustainable values
and principles, it’s like dust blowing in the wind. They will continue to
compromise their principles for expediency, history in the Cook Islands tells
us this. Watch the lolly scramble when they go into coalitions.
most important thing is not whether you are young or old, if you don’t vote,
you don’t have a say, if you miss an opportunity to have a say by casting a
vote, you let someone else decide your future and all your fears and concerns
by not voting will come to fruition.
team did a fantastic job with their new coach and considering their lack of
international matches e.g. missing out on participating in the PacificAus
Sports series in March. The team’s current and previous coaches are Cook
Islanders, have both played for the Black Pearls, know the majority of the
players and have trained as coaches under Waimarama Taumaunu so props to them
for committing to the future of the game in their homeland. Looking forward to
seeing how players develop over the coming years