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Letter: Hello Government, are you home?

Thursday 18 April 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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Letter: Hello Government, are you home?

Dear Editor, Re-Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill.

Allow me to start with a more important bill. All Cook Islands governments since we became self-government have failed and continue to fail legislating the very, very important Cook Islands Maori Land Custom Bill that would protect our blood connection to our ancestral lands. The courts are now ignoring a lot of our land customs historically recognised in our courts over the last 100 years. Some judges these days are claiming our customs poor standing since none of it is legislated and ignoring them. That’s right, ignoring our land customs because of lack of legislation. Hello Cook Islands Government, are you home?

Tim Arnold and Karen Harvey must be making a lot of money from drafting the very special (Tainted) Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill.

I would like to know if Drumcliffe paid for their fees or the people of the Cook Islands. Tim Arnold is claiming this bill will benefit the Cook Islands. Please specify the benefits for all of us Cook Islanders to read in this same paper before the end of this week? We can’t wait to be enlightened.

As titled, this proposed bill is to do with cryptocurrency only. Are we allowed to read it? A cryptocurrency business founder is currently serving 25 years imprisonment in the USA for stealing US$8 billion from trusting investors. I know a few who have invested in this risky, volatile scheme and lost money. Have more to say, but I’ll stop here for now.

Government’s priority should be to address the 59 years of overdue legislation of our Cook Island Maori Land Custom and take note of the recession in New Zealand that will also definitely affect us.

Look forward to reading Tim Arnold’s list of benefits in regard to the Cryptocurrency Recovery Bill.

Yours sincerely,

 Ellena Tavioni