READER: ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’

Friday 12 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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READER: ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’

"I have seen a large amount of people in positions who are just there because it’s a job and who they know."

‘It’s about who you know’

Recently, an opinion piece in Cook Island News stated it’s about who you know (It’s not what you know, it’s who you know, January 25, 2021).

This is true, I have seen a large amount of people in positions who are just there because it’s a job and who they know. For something to work and be great, you need to be passionate about it.

Last year a young man needed help with his court case, we discovered that money meant for his reparation had been used by a probation officer. The officer’s reason for taking the money “the money came from a drug dealer”.

If we never picked that up, the boy would’ve been placed in prison.  However, the officer still works there.

I recall an incident where a police officer had to call in a senior because his colleagues wanted him to ignore certain details, when the senior arrived two hours later, those critical details were ignored. One of the officers at the scene was related to the perpetrator.

When it comes to rape and molestation, it is heart breaking that these victims are made to feel like it’s normal, it’s their fault or beaten by a parent or grandparent because they spoke up about uncle.

There is too much pride within victims’ families, where families won’t accept or acknowledge the trauma their child suffers.

We all know of certain locals paying young people for sexual favours, I have tried to work with police to get this stopped, but again, it’s about who you know.

When will it end!

Thank you Tom (Thomas Wynne) for this opinion (Silence in the face of evil, February 6, 2021). It’s time this type of behaviour is exposed.

Sammy Mataroa (via Facebook)