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LETTER: Freeze wages of $60k plus

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"Because when everyone got the internet and power subsidies, all government workers got an unintended pay rise."

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LETTER: Support for no levy on imported eggs

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"Why should egg eaters have to pay higher prices to support one business? The answer? They shouldn’t."

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LETTER: Levy removal killing local eggs

Saturday 24 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"... on the fictitious grounds that consumers wanted a choice, cheaper prices, and that excessive profits were being made, Government, in 2014 decided to hammer the final nail in the coffin and abandon the protection that had been in place for the previous 29 years."

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LETTERS: ‘Don’t blame market manager, blame Cabinet’

Wednesday 21 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor I am disgusted and totally disappointed how Government carried out the unlawful expenditure of $274,000 for tarsealing the Punanga Nui Market.

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Innocent until proven guilty

Tuesday 20 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, You published an article yesterday (Monday, April 19, 2021) saying that the Ministry of Finance Audit Office blamed a young woman named Kanea Turama for the loss of $7700 from electricity sales on Tongareva (Penrhyn) Island.

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LETTERS: Prison release issue ‘politicised’

Friday 16 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"The ongoing debate over this matter has been hurtful to all families and makes it difficult for them to move on..."

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LETTER: Government defends water treatment process

Wednesday 14 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"The purpose of PACl is to remove dirt and harmful viruses and bacteria from the water. Diversion will help collect clearer water, however it doesn’t address the need to remove all viruses and bacteria..."

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LETTER: Minimum wage freeze slammed

Monday 12 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"Now government can’t even agree to increase the basic wage above $8 per hour and yet these ‘little people’ are the very ones who are carrying the economy because they spend all their wages every week on just existing."

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LETTERS: Barking up the wrong tree

Friday 9 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"Your correspondent’s great faith in PM Arden is touching but misplaced. Personally, I feel her attitude is the main barrier to both travel and vaccination, which could occur concurrently and safely tomorrow."

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LETTER: ‘Our lives matter more’, says lawyer Norman George over Covid response

Thursday 8 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"Prime Minister (Mark) Brown and his Chamber of Commerce buddies want to open our border to New Zealand tourists on May 1. This is a massive decision for a small group of people to make."

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Living on minimum wage

Saturday 3 April 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor The problem with telling New Zealand that we are losing 300 people a month and that it’s affecting the tourism industry is not true.

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LETTER: ‘PM Brown giving us false hope’

Wednesday 31 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"I believe Mark Brown is misleading our anxious and desperate business sector, all the people in our country who are hurting financially and giving us false hope."

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Letter: Key questions on seabed mining

Tuesday 30 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, The Seabed Minerals Commissioner’s letter on Monday (March 22) didn’t answer the question of what potential risks to the environment from mining were presented to communities in the pa enua.

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LETTER: Citizen Against Corruption

Sunday 28 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

If the recent private prosecution against PM Mark Brown and former MP Henry Puna proves anything it is this; the ordinary citizen of this country has the freedom to seek recourse through the courts to address matters of concern regarding the government.

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LETTER: Mass vaccination before bubble’

Sunday 28 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor My response to the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive comments re “there is no scientific reason to delay” (the opening of the border for two-way quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Cook Islands) in Thursday’s edition of Cook Islands News (What’s the hold-up Jacinda?), is that, I would rather be safe, than sorry.

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LETTER: The rights of the LGBTQI+ community

Thursday 25 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"... when it suits Mr Brown and Parliament, they can move with speed especially when it suits their purposes and yet this same swiftness to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of our LGBTQI community sits in the dark."

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LETTERS: Justice = equality, fairness, access for all

Wednesday 24 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Mailbox for Wednesday March 24, 2021

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LETTER: ‘Responsible ocean stewardship is our common goal’

Monday 22 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

"The recent statements by the Government and Opposition on seabed minerals (SBM) development, and the NGO reactions it garnered is a watershed moment."

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Prioritising projects

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

We are in the middle of a pandemic and our hospital is ill equipped to handle any coronavirus case if “God forbid” it arrives here.

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‘Moratorium is not a ban on research’

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor It’s concerning that after a visit to the northern Cook Islands, the Democratic Party is willing to change their position on the international proposal for a 10-year moratorium on seabed mining.

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