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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.