Dear Editor, quite hard to believe we’re being told fourth booster shots are on the way.
You can be pretty sure the queues for the fourth shot will be a lot shorter. I know a number of people who got double jabbed and didn’t line up for the third. And I know people who got their boosters and felt very poorly and will not be getting a fourth, much less allowing their kids to get further shots.
be hearing that our 16-17-year olds will be next in line for a booster shot is
quite unbelievable. I sincerely hope that parents will do their due diligence,
and seriously weigh up the risks vs benefits of ‘boosting’ their kids.
are not risk free. Myocarditis is a real risk especially for adolescents and
young adults. Sudden heart attacks in otherwise healthy people should be a
cause for concern. Safety studies into post vaccine myocarditis isn’t complete
until October 2025. Healthy children and young people were never at risk
of serious illness from Covid.
age groups are at risk of what is known as ‘original antigenic sin’, a
decreased ability to respond to variants because the immune system has locked
onto the original variant.
have we learned over the past few months? We’ve learned that regardless of
vaccination status you can still catch and transmit Covid. We’ve learned
that despite the warnings that unvaccinated would take up hospital beds and be
a burden on the health system when Covid hit, that never happened.
hearing about the need to be prepared for the next wave. The next wave of
what? Repeat doses of the same ‘vaccine’ are not going to provide
protection against variants. Only a third of NZs population has taken up the
booster. Same in Australia. People are rightly questioning the need for repeat
Michael Baker in Wednesday’s paper says people need three doses to be fully
immunised for Omicron. Omicron has been, over half the island has had it. Three
doses didn’t stop people from being fully immunised against it, they still
caught it. The unvaccinated didn’t suffer any worse than vaccinated.
further refers to a ‘small anti-vax group’ who are always going to be hard to
reach. The anti vax argument is so lame. I’ve had a number of people approach
me, to thank me for speaking out, not only unvaccinated but also vaccinated,
many who got vaccinated just because they were afraid of not being able to
travel. These people will not be getting further jabs, and can’t be lazily
labelled as anti vax.
to focus on health policies to keep people healthy, to get people taking charge
of their health, and not relying on repeat boosters of a ‘vaccine’ that is not
risk free, and most certainly not needed in children and young people.
‘Not anti-vax, just a concerned Cook Islander’
Vodafone's 'fluctuating' promotion deals
Can we all please take a moment to reflect on the ever-changing promo deals that Vodafone subjects its users to. It seems like every three months, just as the public adjusts to a promo ... it dissolves. Vodafone suddenly change their promo prices, in essence, the value of the megabyte is sporadic and whimsical.
rates equate to $5 per gig for data, and their average promo rates equate to $1
is it Vodafone? Is it $1, 500 per cent mark up for standard rates, or is it
whatever you decide based on your projections for the month?
the last six weeks, myself and others have climatised to what seemed like a
great deal, 10 dollars for 10 gb, structuring our budgets in anticipation for
the Sunday promo. Alas, all of a sudden Vodafone excludes all prepaid customers
from being eligible for the 10gb promo. Now you can only have 10gb for 10 dollars
five days expiry if you pay an additional 19 dollars per month to register for
put this scam into perspective, Vodafone Samoa offers its prepaid customers
standard rate of 9gb 7 days expiry, for NZ$7 (10 tala). You don’t have to be a
mathematician to realise we are being cheated and abused by Rarotonga’s only
5-day 20gb promo also increased by 5 dollars last week. The catch being you get
an extra two days usage. Another backward progression. Why couldn’t Vodafone
just extend the expiry date on the package without trying to pick pocket an
extra 5 dollars from your average minimum wage joe, as mentioned standard
expiry on similar data packs for Vodafone Samoa is already seven days.
that begs the question and I pose to Vodafone, please justify the fluctuating
rates that vary month to month, country to country. Are there more gigabytes
growing from the kuru tree in Samoa that allowed you to sell it cheaper there,
are the GBs in Samoa more robust and durable that they last seven days as
opposed to ours lasting five? How do you quantify the astronomical cost of
standard DATA packages juxtaposed against your promo pricing, specifically here
in Rarotonga? Please answer.
of the population are on minimum wage, recovering from destitute poverty,
recalibrating after the economic crisis and rely mostly on data, not texting
and calling. We don’t want a 19-dollar plan with texts and calls for the same
reason parents don’t buy their children a landline phone for Xmas. Get with the
times please. It’s data that we want ... and with the increased price of gas,
we could do without the only service provider in the Cook Islands trying to
seduce the public into losing an extra 5 or 10 dollars weekly.
standard rates are exorbitant and as per the weekly promo rates it’s evident
that Vodafone can indeed provide data at a reasonable price, just not on a
would make sense if like other commodities the value changed based on scarcity
and demand, however this is not applicable to DATA as it’s just a frequency,
similar to tuning into a radio station. It should be a public utility and in
more developed countries is considered a human right. However, I’m happy to
pay, but please put an end to your social experiments, stop the fluctuating
prices and stop capitalising on an essential part of our life, access to
and address supplied)
from Vodafone Cook Islands – Kia Orana, Thank you
for your feedback.
Our promotions are geared towards providing choice for our customers.
These temporary campaigns are reviewed and updated regularly, offering deals on
data, WiFi, TXTs and calls. We understand our
customers enjoy data offers, but we are also committed to providing options for
those who favour TXTs and calls, such as our Pa Enua customers. Our newly launched
Prepay Plans provide a packaged option for customers, with an allocation of
calling minutes, TXT and data for 28 days.
Our $10 for 10GB offer available on the Prepay Plan doesn’t have
a five-day expiry, but instead expires at the end of the Prepay Plan. This is a
daily offer during the month of June, providing flexibility for data users.
We also have add-ons for data, TXT and calls that can be
purchased while you’re in any of our prepay plans, and these add-on offers are
valid for the duration of the prepay plan.
In regards to Vodafone Samoa, it’s a case of comparing apples to
oranges as there are a number of factors including infrastructure costs and
population density which is a factor in pricing. In comparison with
Vodafone New Zealand, our standard rates for data are cheaper at 20c per MB (NZ
is 30c), and for $10 you can also get 2GB data for 7 days, compared to 750MB
for 7 days in NZ.
We welcome customer feedback and take suggestions on board as we
develop and improve our product and promotions.
If you have any further queries, please contact
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