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Letters to the Editor

Public holiday proclamation: Questioning the authority

Dear Editor, With no disrespect for our late Sovereign, nor the King’s Representative, Sir Tom (Marsters), I have to question the putative authority being employed to give an aura of legitimacy to the Crown’s unilateral proclamation that Friday 30 September 2022 is a Public Holiday but more particularly, from an employer’s perspective, the urgent need to be reliably informed in view of the announcement that s. 38 of the Employment Relations Act 2012 applies along with all the responsibilities and commitments that entails.

PET TALK: Cancer in pets

Our pets suffer from many of the same cancers we get. Mammary tumours (breast cancer) is very common in female dogs, less so in cats but it tends to be severe (malignant) when cats do get it, writes Dr Michael Baer of Te Are Manu Veterinary Clinic.

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RUTA MAVE: ‘Don’t blame the Russia-Ukraine war, the shame is ours’

The food freight subsidy offered by government is not going to save the outer islands from an empty bank account, not when the same government sold our precious tuna to the European Union purse seine fishing boats for a lame $0.16 per kilo while we are expected to pay $30 per kilo for tuna caught in our own waters by our own fishermen.

Opinion


Birds are species worth flying high for – our future depends on it

Te Ipukarea Society participants have recently returned back from the 100th Birdlife Anniversary and Global Congress event held in Cambridge UK.

Opinion


LETTERS: Aitutaki claims top award

Dear Editor, I loved Aitutaki (Aitutaki crowned Oceania’s top island destination, September 23). I stayed at Tom’s Beach House and the ladies made me ei’s. I had the most amazing time and was only there a week. I rented/borrowed bike and rode all over and went on two lagoon tours. That was in 1999/2000 and […]

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LETTERS: Dealing with increasing prices

Dear Editor, Inflation isn’t forever. The question is why is everyone looking towards Europe and the war going on there and blaming the Russians for the soar in prices of produce and petrol etc, etc? No one’s looking towards Saudi Arabia who have the wealth of money but also the oil trade. No one’s talking […]

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LETTERS: Prices on the rise

Dear Editor, There will be more increases as we progress ahead. The bakery is not to be blamed. All around the globe is terrible since the war between Ukraine and Russia and Covid-19. It’s not only us in the Cook Islands who are affected, its New Zealand, Australia and the rest of the world too. […]

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LETTERS: Power bill rise ‘inevitable’

Dear Editor, It was inevitable (Rarotonga electricity prices to increase by $0.15 per unit, September 20). Anyone who looks at the charts of fuel pricing on the major world indexes (Brent and West Texas) can see they have increased dramatically over the last 6-7 months. This is not just a one of blip for a […]

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LETTERS: Accessing medicinal cannabis

Dear Editor, Listen to this, while we’re waiting on the Government to introduce a medical marijuana plan, we can now import our own personally prescribed medical marijuana by mail from New Zealand. Certain criteria must be met in order to do this, namely, your first step is to discuss medicinal cannabis with your doctor over […]

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Learning life’s lessons through travel

Travel is the only thing we can buy that gives us nothing in our hands but can truly make us richer beyond material wealth, writes Ruta Mave.

Opinion


A natural enemy for the invasive African tulip tree

Native to South Africa’s tropical rainforests, one of the world’s worst invasive plants is under attack by flea beetles in Rarotonga, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

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LETTERS: Rising cost of living

Dear Editor, More reason to move back to New Zealand or Australia … with minimal wage, sky rocket interest rates at the bank, petrol diesel costs are high and food in general is of high cost, then by all means I’ll be more than happy to be an agent to recruit to support our locals […]

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LETTERS: Only in the Cook Islands

Dear Editor,   Before New Zealand could declare a public holiday to mark the passing of the Queen, I believe the matter had to be passed in parliament.   In Cook Islands, to declare a public holiday to do the same, the Prime Minister only had to make a statement from South Korea.   We […]

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