Like me, you can’t have helped but notice that we are back in the visitor business again. No, we’re not back up to the sort of numbers we were getting pre-Covid, but they have been steadily growing, writes Prime Minister Mark Brown.
In the Cook Islands before the missionaries came, we used local plants and rauti to cover our heads, necks, shoulders and hips. It was the missionaries who covered us from neck to toe with colonial clothes especially the muumuu, which was more like a nightdress formless and plain, writes Ruta Mave.
When Wes Tikiariki Roberts, the ‘Atiu Rocket’, led the Cook Islands team into the stadium in Tokyo during the Olympic Games official opening ceremony, Cook Islander hearts swelled with pride, and Australia was cheering him on as well, writes Dr Christopher Watkins, the Australian High Commissioner to Cook Islands.
The Marumaru Atua vaka is enroute to Suwarrow now, after visiting four northern group islands and Aitutaki so far. It carries with it a message of ocean health. One area the vaka is focusing on is oceans plastics, writes Te Ipukarea Society.
The ‘Five Freedoms’ have formed the basis for animal welfare standards the world over since the 1960s. So what are the ‘Five Freedoms’? And how can they help us to have a positive impact on the animals in our care? Dr Ellen McBryde explains.
We are the only country in the Pacific that reveres our culture so strongly that we established a standalone ministry dedicated to the nurturing and preservation of our culture – our peu Maori, writes Prime Minister Mark Brown.
When a woman finds a man, who will look after her, a man who will romance her, a man who will believe in her, a man who will adore her, it’s important to make sure these four men don’t meet each other.
We have things more to fear than Tangaroa and I would suggest that as Jesus said, the love of money is the core, the essence, and the root of evil – that is what we should be turning back from, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.
Rarotonga’s roaming dogs are much loved by visitors and locals alike, but in their current numbers they’re becoming a nuisance and a hazard. To tackle this problem, Dr Ellen McBryde says we need to take responsibility for our pets and have them de-sexed to help control the island’s out-of-control dog and cat population.
We look to our traditional leaders to behave with dignity fitting of their position and we expect them to always have the best interest of our people foremost, writes Opposition Democratic Party leader Tina Pupuke Browne.
Living in Rarotonga in year-round temperate climate, surrounded by fertile soil, and empty growing lands, it astounds me and tourists how often and how long we go without certain foods when we have so much abundance to produce at our fingertips, writes Ruta Mave.
During the recent sitting of Parliament, two MPs from both side of the house tried to push forward the argument that if Covid-19 continues to affect the country’s financial situation, the forthcoming general elections should be delayed. Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party, says those MP’s haven’t done their homework.
The completion of the Rarotonga water project is a huge achievement and is a developmental landmark for our country as it will have significant national health, economic and environmental benefits, writes Prime Minister Mark Brown.
If MPs are going to make decisions and choosing to forego uniform for whatever reason, why are they not like school children donating money for the privilege of relaxed uniform rules, writes Ruta Mave.