THIS IS a very special week here in the Cook Islands. Te Maeva Nui (meaning in English, The Big Celebration) is a time to honor the Constitution created 51 years ago preserving the rights and freedoms of the people of these islands.
Guest columnist Thomas Wynne takes a look at a conference on suicide prevention, held in Japan in May this year, and the contribution made by Cook Islander Eliza Puna, who gave a presentation on her Phd on Suicide Prevention amongst Cook Islands Youth in New Zealand; Eliza Puna. The conference was attended by a number of service providers in the Pacific.
DESPITE THE last minute flurry as to whether parliament was correctly adjourned, (which, with the doors firmly locked, provided camera opportunities but not much more), the June sitting of parliament came and went with an opposition promising much, but delivering little.
READERS will recall that in April this year, I sent for publication the copy of a letter I forwarded to the Solicitor General, David James, asking him to review the decision of the Cook Islands Police Force not to prosecute Henry Puna for careless driving causing injury after an accident on October 4, 2014.
COMPREHENSIVE information about biosecurity regulations for transporting handicrafts across borders in the Pacific region is now more accessible following the launch of a manual at the recently-completed 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Hagatna, Guam.