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.
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.