Dear Editor, in response to your article published in Cook Islands News on Thursday, 28 April 2022 titled “PR application rules slammed ‘discriminatory’: Fiji NGO head”.
Yes, this was always coming and no matter how well it is couched in legal terms or special relationships, as a justification for giving New Zealanders preferential treatment, the fact is the supreme document for the founding of our nation, rests with the Constitution of the Cook Islands.
to this the Human Rights conventions we have signed up to on a global scale and
Cook Islands Crown Law is starting to sit on shaky legal grounds and
interpretation. This is another test case that may well end up in a Court of
law and go all the way to the Privy Council in the UK.
the end of the day, the cost will come from the public purse (again) and the
understand that this is politicking gone mad, because our MPs want to sit at
the gravy train table and if they don’t follow the wishes of their constituents,
they will be gone.
need strategic and level-headed people to make these decisions based on what is
good for our country rather than what is good for those who only want the Cook
Islands for Cook Islanders. We are living in an ever-changing world affecting,
language, customs, culture, and intermarriage on a huge scale. But the Cook
Islands is becoming richer for this integration and amalgamation, and it
behoves Governments to develop, invest, support, provide and properly
communicate how we as a people can take advantage of these changing times, and
to use all necessary means to preserve the culture, the language, and heritage
without creating a closed and gated community.
of this current crop of MPs and the latest crop of prospective candidates has
the wit to even consider this without getting into self-serving policies that
are designed to discriminate. And that’s the very thing that goes against our
Christian values and our Constitution which we need, to prosper and survive in
the 21st century.
Te Tuhi kelly
PR stance ‘political stunt’: PM
65 per cent of the Fijian communities consist of Indians and who have the
easiest access to become citizens. The irony is that their businesses and
profits aren't invested back into Fiji – they go back to India.
Friends - who are they to become dictators regarding the unfairness of permanent
residency? The cheek of them.
Kathryn Ann Wheeler
$1500 donation leads to discharge without conviction
is an example of the elite double standard of laws and enforcement worldwide.
If this was
a regular person, the outcome would have been different. He belongs to the
elite (the rich the powerful) so the punishment for anyone, in this case, is
either no punishment or a tap on the wrist.
this everywhere now, the United States is a prime example.
If you are
part of the rich elite, nothing sticks to you when it comes to punishment. This