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LETTER: Calling out corruption in Cooks

Thank you, John Uri, for taking the time to respond (Letter: Who is corrupting your system? Monday, November 30). You raise a very good point on specificity and of calling people out and I am happy to respond to that. In today’s world, calling people out by name and hanging them out in the public […]

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LETTERS: Delaying debate on same-sex rights

"The government’s deferral of accepting same sex relationships will make them the laughing stock, so to speak, of the world."

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LETTER: What are the effects of water treatment on Rarotonga's streams?

"Freshwater streams are not used as drain for water treatment residuals in New Zealand - or in Australia. There is no scientific research on the long-term effects of PACl waste on stream life."

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LETTER: Landowner concerns with water treatment

"The landowners who do not oppose government were invited. As an intake landowner, and Takau Rangatira, I was not notified. I was not invited to witness chemicals being added."

LETTER: Treating drinking water using ozone

"We have the unique opportunity of not only getting into the 20th century but also the 21st century by using ozone to treat our water"

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LETTER: Te Mato Vai - Dealing with ‘shoddy’ pipework

"So tragic and so avoidable ... a water system, especially in a climate where winter frost protection isn’t a problem, is a simple thing. With materials meeting the standards of Canada, the USA, etc., a domestic water distribution system should require little to no significant maintenance for 50 years or more."

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Letter: Independence and integrity of Government institutions

"The rental of the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance’s private property to the Chamber of Commerce in Tutakimoa borders on a potential and/or direct conflict of interest clouded under the guise of Covid-19 assistance to the community."

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Letter: ‘Set the record straight’

The transparent and accountable process which the late prime minister and minister of Police Jim Marurai insisted be used to select a new Police Commissioner should set an example for the government, writes Opposition MP William Heather.

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Letter: Book your NZ quarantine now

"Although we have no virus in Rarotonga, this easy access to New Zealand has been cut off for the last seven months unless we submit to the same quarantine that applies to people coming from countries such as India and Russia where the virus is rampant. "

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Letter: Commitment to the cause of men's health

I would like to congratulate George George for taking on the challenge in promoting men’s health issues and speaking publicly about something that is very real and all men should take notice. I understand he and others tried a couple of years ago to get this off the ground, but it’s been like, ‘oh I’m […]

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Letters: Challenges of a travel bubble

Readers weigh in on the potential for a travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand, as well as the recent US election.

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Letter: ‘All I want for Christmas’

"My beef is that the Cook Islands are Covid free, no reported cases, ever, period, but New Zealand will not label us as a “low risk” country."

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Letter: Play your part in Covid battle

The majority of people who are returning back to the Cooks are returning residents and they are coming via Auckland airport; we currently have no cases in Auckland. Rather than bagging people or arguing on Facebook because that’s clearly not going to solve this decision and trying to execute the PM and his Cabinet, why […]

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Letter: Water project points to need for enforcement of environment laws

"When executive government flaunts existing regulations; NES and the Ombudsman are unable to execute their duties; and public petitions are routinely derailed, we don’t need new laws. We need law enforcement."

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Letter: Identifying the impacts of seabed mining

Thanks to Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) for the background information and for outlining how a moratorium would allow time for us to achieve many other goals like establishing Marae Moana zones and aligning with the UN’s strategy. Serious question though, other than supporting other NGO’s who call for the same thing, what actual steps would […]

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Letter: Billions of tons of ‘God’s blessings’

There is nothing short-term about the wealth we have sitting at the bottom of our ocean – 5kms deep. Billions of tons of God’s blessings sitting there, more than enough to provide for many generations of our people. Look at places like Norway, great example of how they have harnessed their natural resources, harvested responsibly […]

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Letter: US Election results affect the whole world

I’m a Cook Islander and also a naturalized US Citizen and I voted in the US election. I can’t wait until this is over. America is so divided right now. It definitely affects us in Hawaii because we are one of the 50 States in the Union. Hawaii has been a Blue State (Democrat) for […]

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Letter: Appointing a new police chief

Dear Editor, In view of the government ministers’ portfolios announced by Prime Minister Mark Brown, I would have thought he would hand over the Police portfolio to Minister Mac Mokoroa now rather than later. In New Zealand the Minister of Police is not the Prime Minister. The thing is there are rumours that a current […]

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William Foster: Making the national games ‘better’

Here are a few serious suggestions for Athletics, CISNOC and CIIC to make Athletics in the 2022 Cook Islands Games, truly successful. Please take these considerations into your future planning and implementation stages.

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