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OPINION: The economic impact of Covid-19 on Cook Islands

Tuesday 14 September 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Editorials, Opinion

For yonks we have gone around in circles talking about diversifying our economy, lessening our reliance on tourism receipts, investing in agricultural enterprises, foreign investment and guess what, the clamour for change has fallen on deaf ears, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands.

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OPINION: ‘Luck is believing you’re lucky’

Monday 13 September 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Your decision can make luck, but luck can’t make your decision so always trust yourself, writes Ruta Mave.

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Strong signal sent as conservationists vote to pause deep sea mining

Saturday 11 September 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Editorials, Opinion

The International Union for Conservation of Nature congress have voted in overwhelming support of a moratorium on deep sea mining, with support from 93 per cent of governments and NGOs part of the international group. This sends a very strong message to world leaders of the global concern around the potential environmental impacts of deep sea mining, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

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THOMAS TARURONGO WYNNE: Having the wisdom to find common ground

Saturday 11 September 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Nothing at the moment can be more emotionally charged than our personal decisions and feelings around Covid-19, vaccination, vax passports, and our faith and trust in government and institutions, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Beetles bolster battle against invasive tree

Wednesday 8 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Introduced insects landed on Rarotonga in June making it their new home in a combined effort to control an invasive tree. By Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research (MWLR) biocontrol and molecular ecology science team leader Lynley Hayes and research leader Quentin Paynter.

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OPINION: The changing and challenging role of fathers

Monday 6 September 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking, they have the unenviable task of being neither an anchor to hold children back or the sail to take them ahead, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Caring for Muri Lagoon means caring for our streams

Saturday 4 September 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Everything is connected and particularly so when it comes to water. If we want to improve the water quality of the lagoon, we also need to protect the streams. This is the message the Muri community is sharing, not just through words but through action. By Te Ipukarea Society.

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Thomas Wynne: Separating the layers that bind us

Saturday 4 September 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Anyone involved with politics in the Cook Islands knows how critical that first role is because anyone wanting to form a government in the Cook Islands has to have met with the Queen’s Representative first with a list of names and show a clear majority, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Promoting economic recovery and building resilient health systems

Thursday 2 September 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Australia and our close friends in our region, including Cook Islands, are facing unprecedented challenges. However, our commitment and determination to work together is ensuring we can protect the health and safety of our people, writes Senator Zed Seselja, the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

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OPINION: Everybody, somebody, anybody and nobody

Monday 30 August 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

How many times do we have to say to the Government to diversify, create, find, discover, fund other ways to provide us with another reliable source of income, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Underwater wizardry from Rakahanga

Saturday 28 August 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Editorials, Opinion

A special part of the recent Northern group vaka tour was being able to experience the local foods, traditions and even some examples of local fishing practices carried out on each of the islands, writes Alanna Smith of Te Ipukarea Society.

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OPINION: Keeping Cook Islands Covid-free is a team effort

Tuesday 24 August 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

There is a common saying that goes – when the going gets tough, the tough get going! And this week was a good example of that saying, writes Prime Minister Mark Brown.

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OPINION: Be the change you want to see in the world

Monday 23 August 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Count your blessings, stop your bickering, there are people suffering who need your prayers, and your mindfulness to make the world a better place. We can think globally but we need to act locally, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: The three-legged stool

Saturday 21 August 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

The strength of our three pillars – our government, our Church and our traditional leaders – and how they interact with our lives affects everyone who calls themselves a Cook Islands Maori, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Learning about ‘fearlesss’ Lulu

Saturday 21 August 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Editorials, Opinion

In our recent vaka voyage to the Northern Group we were fortunate to see the native seabird Lulu (Masked Booby/ Sula dactylatra) nesting on a couple of the islets along the Seven Sisters in Suwarrow. By Te Ipukarea Society.

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PETTALK: Age is just a number

Wednesday 18 August 2021 | Written by Dr. Ellen McBryde | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Just like people, our pets require special care and attention as they enter their twilight years.

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OPINION: Education system – the proof is in the pudding

Tuesday 17 August 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Something is not right with our education system and the teachers are fed up and have had enough, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party of the Cook Islands.

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OPINION: Pay teachers well before they leave

Monday 16 August 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Our long serving and long suffering teachers held the helm during the Covid disruptions last year, when times and circumstances added more strain for them to get our children through their necessary curriculum for their NCEA exams, writes Ruta Mave.

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OPINION: Our children deserve better

Saturday 14 August 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

We are asking our teachers to give from the very little they have left, and simply, they deserve better wages and working conditions because our children deserve better, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Pukapukans live with nature, not against it

Saturday 14 August 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Pukapuka is certainly one of the islands that has maintained respect for the traditional ra’ui system, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

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