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OPINION: Anger from fear and worry

People attack rather than embrace, and they end up with miscommunication and distrust, writes People attack rather than embrace, and they end up with miscommunication and distrust. By Ruta Tangiiau Mavé.

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Samoa raises quarantine period

People returning to Samoa on the country's first repatriation flight from the US will have to spend three weeks in quarantine upon their arrival.

LETTER: Treatment of Rarotonga’s water supply

"Ozone is far more powerful than chlorine and there is no residual foul taste, and while I am certain the authorities would have considered it, it would have been ruled out for no other reason that it would require the electrification of all ten intakes and the impact of that cost on what was already an embarrassment would have been untenable."

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OPINION: The perils of political appointments

Political appointments damage not only the integrity of our democracy but also the integrity of whichever Ministry they work in, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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OPINION: Pictures that speak for themselves

Photography can make a big impact in many ways. Just one photo can expose environmental problems like nothing else, writes Kate McKessar of Te Ipukarea Society.

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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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OPINION: The true cost of time theft in the public sector

Ordinary staff members are not the only ones that steal time, some heads of ministries are taking longer than normal lunch breaks and morning and afternoon tea breaks. By Te Tuhi Kelly.

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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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Opinion: Art for art’s sake

"Sitting watching Tereora school prize giving, is a far cry from the formal staid prizegiving I attended in Auckland last year for my daughter," writes Ruta Tangiiau Mavé.

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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.

Letters to the Editor

Tanga’eo takes the manu crown in Te Ipukarea Society's Bird of the Year competition

These past two weeks has had everyone in a flap, as Cook Islanders flocked to the online polls to vote for our first ever Bird of the Year Cook Islands competition. Kate McKessar explains.

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OPINION: The health vs wealth trade-off

As a potential travel bubble is in the works, Thomas Tarurongo Wynne examines the benefits and consequences of opening the border to tourists.

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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. "

Letters to the Editor

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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Building a legacy - developing a sustainable development agenda

The Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Agenda 2020+ will be ready for endorsement by April next year.

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Opinion: Changing with the times

"Globally, people of all walks of life are being accepted as integral members of society. In the Cook Islands we protect and promote criminals and those wanted by NZ police into Parliament over an honest, God loving, LBGT." writes columnist Ruta Tangiiau Mavé.

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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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Recovery of the Kakerori - rare bird overcomes threat of extinction

The Kakerori Recovery Programme is an example of good conservation leadership, says local NGO Te Ipukarea Society.

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The fruit of our lives

The scriptures that lead our lives are clear: a person’s life is known by its fruit, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.

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