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Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO EDITOR: Homosexual Law reform remains in limbo

‘Science shows us that people are born LGBTQ+’

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‘Vicious and uncivilised’ marijuana laws

Dear Editor, Did you know that under the Ministry of Health Act 2013 that marijuana fits the description of a medicine? In the Act it reads in part that, “Medicine means any substance whether of animal, plant or synthetic origin which is used internally or externally for alleviating disease”.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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LETTER: Suggestion to improve tendering process

"Tenders over $1million should be conducted with a public opening of bids with an independent auditor present to ensure all bidders comply with contract documents."

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The potential benefits of the regional trade deal

PACER Plus, a trade and development agreement including Australia and New Zealand and a majority of Pacific Forum Island Countries (FICs), presents important opportunities for business and government to drive economic recovery and regional integration. Jim Redden from Devpolicy Blog writes.


LETTER: Calling out corruption in Cooks

Thank you, John Uri, for taking the time to respond (Letter: Who is corrupting your system? Monday, November 30). You raise a very good point on specificity and of calling people out and I am happy to respond to that. In today’s world, calling people out by name and hanging them out in the public […]

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OPINION: Personal health is the best defence against Covid-19

Giving children lollies is not a treat, it’s like a drug that leads to a slippery slope of addiction and obesity. By Ruta Mave.


OPINION ‘Corruption is never bold; it is always subtle’

We should never be silent when those in power abuse that power for their own benefit, writes Thomas Wynne.


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