By Norman George, Lawyer “Rarotonga, we have a problem.” A spate of recent drownings and what appears to be the systematic failure of the police and other emergency services to react on time is catastrophic, shameful and inexcusable.
2015 has been a year of milestones, the most notable of them being the 50th anniversary of the beginning of self-rule in the Cook Islands in free association with New Zealand. Last Sunday marked another important event in the history of this nation: 100 years since the passage of the Cook Islands Act 1915. With land occupation right issues having been in the headlines recently, Lawyer Brian Mason details how the Act came about.
One of the benefits, or sometimes the curse, of having been around awhile is that often historical events are not just dry words on a page or grainy black and white pictures, but real life flesh and blood occasions because you were there.