Kia Orana, if, as Trevor Clarke states in his excellent letter to the editor, (Cook Islands News, October 25, 2022), the main reason for Te Aponga Uira’s existence has been moved from providing sustainable electricity at cheapest prices to the iti Tangata of Rarotonga, to becoming a cash cow for CIIC (Cook Islands Investment Corporation), then surely TAU has to come clean, and provide reasons justifying that position.
some $27 million in their bank account (in 2018, according to Trevor Clarke),
it really does beg the question as to whether TAU should be continuing
to gouge all this money out of the citizens of Rarotonga, rather than
using at least part of those accumulated funds to subsidise electricity users. They
may reply that they did indeed subsidise the electricity users during Covid-19
– fine – but that should now be continuing, while fuel prices are so high.
as a government agency, is not there to make money. They are a public service …
at best, they could justify a reasonable return, but to fleece the power users
here to such an extent, must be questioned right up to the highest level … the
comments Mr. Minister?
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‘Chaos in Muri’
I write to you about the
destructive operation of the environment at the back of J.R shop in Muri. Those
involved, do they know how much water is flowing down that stream captured and
channeled by the hills every day.
I used mathematics and
chemistry for my assessment. I tested the flow and took some samples of the
water near Tapuae and Tangi’s house.
It tells us that H2O (water)
is loaded with killer elements that will destroy Muri Lagoon if it finds its
way there which I believe it will – by stripping the area of vegetation.
I tested the flow and my
findings are 900,000 litres of water flowing down that stream every 24 hours
during seasonal flooding into Muri Lagoon. Here is my warning based on the law
of physics – if the streams are shallow with no vegetation cover, the water
flowing downhill will easily end up in the lagoon with all its killer elements.