the stated “nearly $90 million” cost to date for Te Mato Vai may not be correct
(and many think it’s closer to $120m), we all need to be reminded that when the
project was announced at a budget of $59 million, multiple Cook Islanders
argued that something like $15 million would put a new roof on every home on
Rarotonga, along with guttering, 50,000 litres of water tank capacity,
individual UV treatment and filters for every dwelling.
surprise, no one listened. Now, we are advised that the “final defects
programme will complete the project”. To Tatou Vai has inherited the defective
quagmire from Te Mato Vai.
To Tatou Vai can come clean and give us the complete story of the present
condition of the defective infrastructure? At the same time, please tell us,
how many staff are now on the payroll? It’s another case of empire building, is
if To Tatou Vai can’t give us clean water, they can come clean on the full
truth of just what we got for our money. The truth will come out, it will just
be less embarrassing if we get the facts officially instead of from the
whistleblowers who have so far been quiet.
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mining and fishing
sea mining is seen as an economic saviour for our embattled economy. We need to
pay our way our balance of payments, loans and deficit, that is why they are
not listening. Technology is advancing exponentially, we don’t need to mine the
are giving away the family jewels, a silk purse for a sows ear. We need to be looking
at alternatives for long term development and sustainability not short fixes.
Short fixes are politically motivated. We need to leverage what we have and
what we do really well. A whole of life approach allied to our people,
resources and without raping and pillaging our environment.
if they charged even a $1 per kilo for the tons of fish they are giving away
for 16 cents a kilo. (Could have been) a billion-dollar fishing industry and we
are getting $10 or $12 million? Worst part our people are paying $40 a kilo.
Watch the health of our people decline even further as they can’t afford to buy
Nui Gardens & Cafe
think we don’t share through stealing. That’s bad but ask the people who own
them I’m pretty sure they will give you a couple. I had three bundle of bananas
ready last week in Inave and it’s gone before I got there. I did get angry as a
pensioner but what’s the use, my blood pressure will go up, so I let it go and
are these people doing these things (stealing) in the first place – are they hungry,
no work plus other things that makes them do it? Those who are stealing, please
ask and you will receive in peace and harmony. No hard feelings. God bless you