Twenty years ago, Alan Rickman’s character in Love Actually bought his secretary a gold necklace, his wife Emma Thompson discovers this fact. Her emotions of grief and betrayal played out on film as she struggles to compose herself so she can pretend nothing is wrong, has reduced many a wife to tears as the stark and awful reality for women whose husband cheats. Most wives choose to stay, writes Ruta Mave.
I was reading an article recently regarding how we are not bringing up our children to have ‘resilience’. It reminded me of a number of references I have made on how parents in the Cook Islands are raising their children. One of those articles dealt with child abuse and the risk that this poses for us going forward.
The concept of occupation rights (simply a right to occupy a designated area of a block of land) was first introduced in the Cook Islands when the Land Court, just after the turn of the 20th century, established the “house sites” that line both sides of the main road in Avarua and in Arorangi.
There was a fierce global debate some years ago at Universities, in particular in Commonwealth countries and the United States. It was whether to practise “preferential treatment” for people with different ethnic backgrounds from say “pakeha” in New Zealand.
Friday, December 18, marks the crowning event in a story of unflinching determination, commitment and daring, to open what could be the largest building in the Cook Islands, Te Patupaepae o Enuamanu, Enuamanu III.