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16 January 2021

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LETTER: Time to think outside the NZ bubble?

The Australian and New Zealand governments were trying to reach a Trans-Tasman bubble as we all know, that would then start to include Pacific Islands, that every island nation has been holding out for.

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‘Hidden corruption in our society’

When we know it happens, we see it happen, and we don’t say anything, we are guilty too, and corruption wins.

Opinion


Living away from home

To say I have missed home is an understatement, in fact I don’t think there are words in the English language that capture the emptiness we all feel, those 80,000 of us who live in New Zealand but call the Cook Islands home. By Thomas Wynne.

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What’s the big deal about deep-sea mining? Let’s break it down!

The removal of nodules will lead to significant, long term or even permanent biodiversity loss, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

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LETTER: Real or controlled democracy?

"In my view, there have been and continues to be “multiple red flag situations” within the upper echelons of central power whereby knowingly, and for some unknown reason, have not been investigated or reviewed."

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LETTER: Food Security

The value of egg and pork imports has risen exponentially in recent years, to the detriment of local industries, argues John M Scott.

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LETTER: Too little, too late

"Businesses and government have to share the blame for the delay in opening up a NZ/CI travel bubble."

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LETTER: Giving credit where it’s due

"I think the Cook Islands Government are responsible for our Covid free status."

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LETTER: Suggestion to improve tendering process

"Tenders over $1million should be conducted with a public opening of bids with an independent auditor present to ensure all bidders comply with contract documents."

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The potential benefits of the regional trade deal

PACER Plus, a trade and development agreement including Australia and New Zealand and a majority of Pacific Forum Island Countries (FICs), presents important opportunities for business and government to drive economic recovery and regional integration. Jim Redden from Devpolicy Blog writes.

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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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OPINION: Personal health is the best defence against Covid-19

Giving children lollies is not a treat, it’s like a drug that leads to a slippery slope of addiction and obesity. By Ruta Mave.

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OPINION ‘Corruption is never bold; it is always subtle’

We should never be silent when those in power abuse that power for their own benefit, writes Thomas Wynne.

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Avana coastal protection – it’s in the bag

Local environment group Te Ipukarea Society is trying to prevent the Avana lagoon claiming back what was taken. By Kelvin Passfield.

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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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OPINION: The case against PACER Plus - the regional free trade agreement

PACER Plus, the regional free trade agreement, will come into force next month. In this first of a three-article series, Adam Wolfenden of Trade Justice Campaigner for the Pacific Network on Globalisation writes about the case against this trade deal.

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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."

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OPINION: A move towards safer pesticide alternatives

Ministry of Agriculture’s director of crop research William Wigmore describes the country’s collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and efforts to improve food safety in the country.

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The story of MV Taunga Nui

The MV Taunga Nui - owned by Cook Islands General Transport - will arrive in Rarotonga on Thursday after a two-week long delivery voyage from Australia. Derek Fox writes about the vessel and its planned role to support projects in the Pa Enua.

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