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OPINION: Opposition wants Parliament sitting days to increase to 60

Taxpayers of this country who pay the salaries of all MPs should feel outraged about government’s failure to deliver a reasonable number of sitting/working days in Parliament, writes Opposition leader Tina Pupuke Browne.

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OPINION: Remembering the Christchurch earthquake

Columnist Ruta Mave had just dropped her children at school when the 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook New Zealand to its core, killing 185 people.

OPINION: Push for chlorine ‘smells dodgy’

This motion of chlorination has been ‘dropped in our lap’ without warning and we’re told to accept it, writes Ruta Tangiau Mave.

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THOMAS WYNNE: Walking in the shoes of others

We should never let oppressive attitudes, especially by some of those in authority, spoil the kindness and generosity within us.

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Dreaming of a ‘green’ Christmas

We are sure many of you are rattling your brains trying to think of good Kirītimiti gift ideas for your loved ones. Well, let us help you with some ‘Go Local’ ideas that will reduce the amount of waste generated over the silly season.

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LETTERS: Demos festive celebration on Koromiri queried

Organised by Ngatangiia member Tama Tuavera, and Sel Napa, the Democratic Party advertised they’re holding a seasonal party event on Saturday, December 12 on Koromiri Island.

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LETTER: ‘Double standards’ on travel bubble

The New Zealand government gave 88 members of an international film crew (border) exemption to travel to New Zealand to shoot the Netflix show Cowboy Bebop, this total included 17 dependents.

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Pastor Eric Toleafoa: The hope that CHRISTmas brings

How can Christmas bring hope to our lives? Even with a world in isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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LETTER: Subsidising the local shipping industry

Why doesn’t the government work with (Tapi) Taio, who’s an experienced entrepreneur and a local expert in the shipping industry? Is it because he’s a Demo stalwart?

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LETTER: Sexually Transmitted Infections on the rise

Condoms, condoms, condoms … what more can be said?

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LETTER: ‘The writing is on the wall’

To expand upon the headline article ‘Select committees under fire’, December 2 edition. The current version of the To Tatou Vai Authority Bill disregards the cultural and economic context of Rarotonga. At the vaka presentations in July 2020 it was evident that it required a complete redraft.

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OPINION: Moving past the ‘fractious politics’ of the PACER Plus talks

The regional free trade agreement, PACER Plus, will come into force on December 13. In the third and final piece of a three-article series, Wesley Morgan calls for nations like Australia to cement the long-term relationship with its Pacific family and build a more integrated regional economy.

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LETTER: Stranded for four months

Grant a “one time” quarantine free Rarotonga/Auckland flight to fly stranded Australians out.

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LETTER: Where is the justice?

I would like to commend you on today’s paper December 7, 2020 – probably the most factual and poignant front page I’ve seen in your paper ...

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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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