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The reason for the season

4 December 2020

Opinion

Pastor Tevai Matapo: Resolving to make a difference in your life

OPINION: It is that time of the year when people make New Year resolutions. Many of us always have every good intention at the outset, but by the middle of the year, many of those resolutions are no longer in focus.

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Ruth Mave: Creating change starts with you

OPINION: It’s the end of the world as we know it: the year 2019 has run its course.

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The water debate continues

Several weeks ago, the Cook Islands water authority, To Tatou Vai, announced it was conducting a six-month trial of Poly-Aluminium Chloride (PACl) as a flocculation agent. Flocculation is a process of settling out particulate matter, for example dirt, from the water. Given that PACl is a chemical that produces a potentially toxic sludge as a byproduct of the flocculation process, this trial needed to be properly assessed for environmental impacts before it was approved.

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The meaning of graduation

Ko au ko koe ko tatou “It is me, it is you, it is all of us…” This statement attempts to sum up what the Cook Islands’ graduation as a country means, as the clock ticked past January 1 this week and we stood as a developed nation.

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Counting our blessings

The year 2019 has passed. A new decade is before us. Let us therefore look back with gratitude for all the blessings which have been ours, and look ahead to the New Year with expectant hope.

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You can't live without water

For some Christmas is all about life – in particular the birth of Jesus. They say that bread is the staff of life, it might be; but while you can probably live without bread, you can’t live without water. No living organism whether plant or animal can live without water. When the World Health Organisation was looking for reasons why people in developed countries in Europe live longer than those in less developed nations, there were several factors - but the one that stood out and was possibly most easily fixed – was contaminated water.

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Ruth Mave: Living on island time

After you’ve spent time chasing the goals and dreams of the high speed, concrete jungles of the world, coming to live in the Cook Islands is a decision most of us make to get some real island time, where the rhythm of life is slower, simpler and cleaner. It’s where eyes and hearts wake to nature and views and tourists pay money to visit and absorb all this for a short time. We are the lucky ones – we live here. So, as we head into a new decade, let’s take a moment to wallow in our good fortune. We have changed and evolved yes, but some things, thankfully, remain the same. Before you rush headlong back into work and routine, remember island time is alive and well.

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Resolve to dump resolutions

It’s time to reflect on those things that give us strength, vibrance and a sense of self, says Thomas Wynne.

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Ruth Mave: Dreaming of a simple Christmas

OPINION: When the nativity scene is depicted in traditional paintings, for example, it is always with soft glowing light. In the manger there’s hay, and animals including cows.

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Thankfulness adds to joy of life

Flowers, now, a little browner, litter the vinyl floor. They are remnants of just moments before, when joy and thankfulness greeted each other as families and friends, came through the airport arrival doors to the welcome arms of those who had been waiting so patiently to see them.

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Opinion: Ministries duck meth action

Frustration over lack of progress with drug education.

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Jaewynn McKay: We're a community of givers

Small Rotary club punches well above its’ weight. Rotary came to Rarotonga in the mid-1960’s and earlier this year we celebrated our first 50 years.

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Norman George: Winding down the year 2019

Agricultural production turns into a lemon, the dangers of over-eating and how to regain your fitness.

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John Scott: It's votes versus principle

PM’s stance on same-sex relationships a case of “political fence-sitting, claims former Clerk of Parliament.

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Ruth Mave: The characteristics of a true leader

When it comes to leadership in my family, women hold dominion, surviving and achieving through each generation.

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Thomas Wynne: Changing tack – time to sail away

Life is like that; when we have a final destination in our minds and we set our course, only to find the wind we had hoped for has dissipated and we must now tack away … but the ultimate destination remains the same.

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Jaewynn McKay: Tessa: A lifetime friendship that lasted just nine months

Ahead of New Zealand High Commissioner Tessa Temata’s funeral tomorrow, friends remember how she touched the lives of many.

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Liz Raizis: Chemicals threaten our tourist-friendly organic future

OPINION: We need to keep our children and our islands safe from the ‘toxic soup’ of modern life.

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Norman George: Nurse and teacher tucker relies on vaka swappas

OPINION: The pile of discarded MPs provide an argument for diverting capital surplus into public sector pay rises – regardless of who’s in power.

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Ruth Mave: Understanding non-consensual sex

When talking about sex, we often make it easier by referring to the topic as something else, such as the ‘birds and the bees’!

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