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OPINION: Opposition wants Parliament sitting days to increase to 60

Tuesday 23 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Taxpayers of this country who pay the salaries of all MPs should feel outraged about government’s failure to deliver a reasonable number of sitting/working days in Parliament, writes Opposition leader Tina Pupuke Browne.

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OPINION: Remembering the Christchurch earthquake

Monday 22 February 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Columnist Ruta Mave had just dropped her children at school when the 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook New Zealand to its core, killing 185 people.

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Call for ‘independent’ deep sea research

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Te Ipukarea Society’s response to the article by Gerald McCormack published in Cook Islands News on Thursday, February 11, 2021 on the impact of six mines on benthic megafauna.

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‘Our greatest export shouldn’t be our people’

Saturday 20 February 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Our people should not be our greatest export and a government that wants to change this will have to address minimum wage and the rights of employees.

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OPINION: The taxpayer's dilemma

Wednesday 17 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

It cannot be stressed enough that it is the job of government to build infrastructure for our communities, writes Opposition Democratic Party leader Tina Pupuke Browne.

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OPINION: Solidarity in numbers: Fighting for workers’ rights

Tuesday 16 February 2021 | Written by Te Tuhi Kelly | Published in Editorials, Opinion

There are some people interested in starting up a new workers union to provide support for workers faced with employment relations issues, writes Te Tuhi Kelly, Leader of the Progressive Party.

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OPINION: Love is a word but marriage is a sentence – for life

Monday 15 February 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Keeping love alive takes more than one day, writes Ruta Mave, reflecting on Valentine’s Day which was celebrated on Sunday.

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United we stand, divided we fall

Saturday 13 February 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

The tools of unity are not leverage or self-interest, nor are they arrogance and pride, because all of these will split a country, a family, a region into parts they may never heal again or come together.

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OPINION: ‘New Zealand Maori owe their heritage to us’

Monday 8 February 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

There's a reason why a lot of New Zealand Maori say they fell like they're at home when in Rarotonga - because they are. Ruta Tangiiau Mave writes.

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Silence in the face of evil

Saturday 6 February 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Do we have a stomach for horrific crimes committed by someone in leadership, be it civil society, government or the church, asks Thomas Wynne in his weekly column.

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With freedom comes responsibility

Tuesday 2 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Dear Editor, Tina Browne’s attack on the well-known journalistic protagonist of goings-on, George Pitt, certainly does come across as very personal and shows some deep-seated unresolved issues betwixt the Demos and Pitt. Love him or hate him, it is of no consequence in the greater scheme of things, the truth will always out, whether one wants it to or not.

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Reaching our destinations

Saturday 30 January 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

With now a month of sailing into 2021 behind us, we can look back at 2020 with differing eyes as it fades across the horizon of life’s experiences, slowly slipping out of view but its experiences challenges and memories we take with us.

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OPINION: ‘Without integrity and honour, having everything means nothing’

Wednesday 27 January 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

When the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), a powerful government entity breaks its own laws, this must be brought to the attention of the public, writes Tupou Faireka, Co-president of Democratic Party.

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Celebrating bond between Australia and Cook Islands

Tuesday 26 January 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

This Australia Day, as Australian High Commissioner to Cook Islands Dr Chris Watkins gathers with ‘Cozzies’ for a sausage at Vaiana’s, and to sing the national anthem’s new words, he will be celebrating the mateship between Australia and the Cook Islands.

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OPINION: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

Monday 25 January 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Is government’s financial assistance and funding going to the right people? Ruta Tangiiau Mave writes.

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OPINION: ‘Women are like butterflies … they can fly through a hurricane’

Monday 18 January 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

We’re in tough times, but we’re in the best of places. The irony is, now’s not the time to be ‘positive’, because you must test ‘negative’ to travel and survive, writes Ruta Mave.

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‘Our reliance on New Zealand’

Saturday 16 January 2021 | Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne | Published in Editorials, Opinion

It is a watershed moment for both New Zealand and the Cook Islands that one-way quarantine free travel will begin, writes Thomas Wynne.

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Environmental photography project captures Aitutaki

Saturday 16 January 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Over the course of three days in Aitutaki, Te Ipukarea Society carried out an environmental photography project with 16 members of “Aitutaki Youth With a Vision”. By Te Ipukarea Society intern, Jade Tierney

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OPINION: The power of words

Monday 11 January 2021 | Written by Ruta Tangiiau Mave | Published in Editorials, Opinion

Individuals must take responsibility for the words they choose to use, because seditious words turn to violent actions. By Ruta Tangiiau Mave.

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OPINION: ‘It takes courage to disagree with the government’

Monday 11 January 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Editorials, Opinion

There is a moving scene from 2020 that struck me deeply. I will carry it with me for a long time, writes Opposition leader Tina Browne.

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