Dear Editor, with the arrival of Covid-19 to the Cook Islands, and with it the need for our people to quarantine or to isolate in order to protect others, Government is providing financial support to those who cannot work due to infection or resident in the same households.
The Welfare Packs provided by Internal Affairs, along with other measures like the isolation allowance for private sector employees, means that those who are directed to isolate or quarantine do not need to leave their homes to make ends meet, and they can do their part by staying at home.
expenditure of both domestic and donor funds provided by the New Zealand Government
is essential to ensure that we can continue to fund ongoing health protection
and economic support to our communities as the Omicron virus spreads throughout
our community. We do not have unlimited funds.
Packs and Isolation Allowances are intended to support households and not
intended as full support. We expect that households will prepare themselves for
isolation and this will include putting aside food and other household items.
Already we are seeing families and communities supporting households in
isolation. This is the way it should be. Government also provides support to
households through the Puna system.
reduction of the value of the Welfare Pack in line with the reduction in days
required to isolate from 10 days to seven days is prudent. We note the positive
comments on social media from Welfare Pack recipients stating the adequacy of
recognizes the importance of transparency of public expenditure and publishes
regularly, most recently in the Quarterly Financial Results December 31, 2021.
MFEM is working on a story now with CINews on Wages Subsidy, Welfare Packs and
we will likely include other Covid-19 related expenditures. This information
will be more up to date. I believe readers will be surprised at the
extent of support. For example, the Wage Subsidy for one month is around $4 million.
If we add the business grants this adds another $1m.
Garth Henderson, Financial Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM)(In response to the letter to the editor - Reduction in welfare packages - published on Tuesday, March 22, 2022)
Question? Why has this dog
issue got out of hand” Is it neglect from dog owners, not doing their utmost to
make sure their dogs don’t breed like rabbits and then get out of control, and
not being able to control the situation? I have been reading in the CI News and see that
vets have been coming to Rarotonga to deal with the overpopulated dogs and cats
problems to help control the wider problem. The blame is on the owners, and yes
I totally feel for these poor animals, and yes it is very humane to rest these
poor animal’s souls.
Might be time to go back to
how our ancestors lived. You can still catch fish on a canoe or a row boat. We
might have to forgo bread, soft drinks and canned food but that's a good thing,
yeah? We have got plenty of healthier local options. Taro, tarotarua, maiota,
kumara, etc. Meat? We have still got goats, pigs and chickens, yeah? The real
problem isn't petrol or it's high price. It's that we're addicted to a
consumerist lifestyle that makes us dependent on others, isn't healthy and it's
destroying the Earth. The phrases "living of the grid" or "going
organic" are thrown about like they're some new discovery. Pfft. Our
ancestors were living that way, mei muatanga'ana mai. Time to readopt those
ways. Eaa to kotou manako
The Arenikau seat
For the first time in the history of the Cook Islands politic, we, the
Democratic Party within the Arenikau constituency strongly believe that we have
a very good chance of taking this seat away from the Cook Islands Party in the
next election. There are only two heavyweights vying for this
seat, and they are; The Cook Islands Democratic Party and the Cook Islands
Party, and we are expecting our Demo candidate to lock horns with the sitting
MP, Tereapii Maki Kavana (CIP). But, this is one seat that the CIP will
desperately miss the most.
It was back in 2014 when the Cook Islands
Democratic Party was last solely represented, and the following years after
that, we (in our view), were blatantly mislead by a desperately motivated One
Cook Islands Movement; where that coalition offered us nothing in return, but lots
of disappointment and grief. And during the following years, and up until
last month, the Democratic supporters have been stabled in the backseat,
anchored to the floor, hopelessly not able to breathe. It has been a tough time for the
Demos of late.
But today, we have regrouped, and are already preparing ourselves, to go alone
and contest the next election under the umbrella of the Cook Islands
Democratic Party. Our Arenikau Cook Islands Democratic Party candidate
has been confirmed by our Puna, and the opposition office will be announcing
the candidate in due course. There is no coalition with One Cook Islands,
our supporters have thankfully quashed any ideas of any kind of
coalition. And it would be foolhardy and likely political suicide for the
One Cook Islands Movement to continue fooling themselves on an OCI-DEMO
coalition in Arenikau for their survival at the next election.The
Democratic Party in Arenikau doesn’t need to marry itself to another party’s
political agenda to survive; there will, of course, be
acrimonious debate on all levels, but we are totally convinced that we will do
well on our own.
The Cook Islands Democratic Party’s manifesto for the 2022 election is
already building confidence back into the party. Our participation will be
positively effective, and it’s very encouraging to see our supporters showing
willingness to abandon any vitriolic partisan attitudes, by putting our country
ahead of our own political self-interest. So, with a sustainable pathway
in place, “It is time for a change”, we are now ready to govern our
and responsibly, after the next election.