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Letters to the Editor

Public holiday proclamation: Questioning the authority

Dear Editor, With no disrespect for our late Sovereign, nor the King’s Representative, Sir Tom (Marsters), I have to question the putative authority being employed to give an aura of legitimacy to the Crown’s unilateral proclamation that Friday 30 September 2022 is a Public Holiday but more particularly, from an employer’s perspective, the urgent need to be reliably informed in view of the announcement that s. 38 of the Employment Relations Act 2012 applies along with all the responsibilities and commitments that entails.

Opinion: Why our nurses need better pay

After coming close to death, Bishop Tutai Pere tells how he was nursed back to health over seven long days by the committed staff of Rarotonga Hospital.

Opinion


Ruta Mave:Our nation's Mama Bears fight for their young

When men fail to stand up and be counted, a mother’s love is a fearsome sight.

Opinion


Norman George: Lengthy unjustified adjournments of Parliament a thing of the past

The Sift column has always equipped itself an investigative role by an in-depth study of critical issues, involving the public interest. In other words, it will sift and sieve the facts like turning over riverbed pebbles and shingles to look for gold. Once gold is struck, there is a loud exclamation, “Gotcha!”

Opinion

Opinion: We may grapple with a changing world but we must never let go of each other

Let us disagree, and disagree strongly, but never should we let go of each other in the process and see each other as enemies.

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Jaewynn McKay: Some of my best friends are 'criminals'

Nelson Mandela once said, “leaders will have to give clear and decisive leadership towards a world of tolerance and respect for difference”.

Opinion

Ruta Tangiiau Mavé: God created 500 species that show homosexual behaviour – what was he thinking?

Let’s talk about sex baby, let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things of sodomy, let’s talk about sex! Or so the song goes – is that what we are talking about with the laws criminalising same-sex relations?

Opinion


Norman George: People of Atiu are unwilling to help themselves

The Democratic Party conference was loaded with metamorphic changes.

Opinion

Opinion: Are we still not ready for change?

A list of names was left on my desk, six names of students I had to urgently meet, left by the departing school counsellor in 2011. One I would later find had suicidal tendencies, three were just struggling to be in a larger school, one had been sexually assaulted by a family member and one was gay.

Opinion


Opinion: Sexual violence is the real concern

Opponents on both side of the same-sex law reform debate agree on one thing: the real concern is abuse and violence.

Opinion


Norman George: The plight of Maori medicine and treatment

Pause for a moment and ask yourself, how did our ancestors survive when they got sick? Don’t say they never got sick, they did. How were they treated?

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Norman George: Around town and the islands

The Cook Islands Christian Church’s National Conference was held in Atiu. Hundreds descended on the island.

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Thomas Wynne: Going out on a limb, taking risks Voyaging is in our blood

Our people have not all fared well in their voyaging to Aotearoa and to Australia – but now things are beginning to change.

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Opinion: Taking Mum back to Raro in 2002

My first visit to Raro will be her last.

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Norman George: Crossing the red line: Be careful!

All democratic systems are guided by the rule of law. When this is broken a cascade of chaos follows. High drama and public showboating are displayed openly by the actors responsible, some of them basking in the glow of their newfound glory!

Opinion


Opinion: Shining the light

Our Cook Islands communities on either side of the ocean have never been closer. The recognition of leaders like Glenda Tuaine Newport, Niki Rattle, Mama Tuki and her daughter Elizabeth Wright-Koteka.

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Opinion: 'Tears are streaming down my face as I recall that long night'

Dear editor, It’s deeply heartening to see community leaders now coming together to make the wearing of crash helmets mandatory for all.

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Norman George: Te Kukupa police boat Princess Paruru Moana serves us well

The offer of a free patrol boat from Australia by Prime Minister Bob Hawke came as a pleasant surprise for us in 1985. We had longed to engage the Asian fishing pirates who raided our ocean and uninhabited islands like Suwarrow, Manuae and Takutea to steal our fish and shell fish.

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Opinion: Helmet law to save mothers from grief

The nine funerals I have been to in the time I have lived here are nine I can never forget, and more so for the families left in their wake.

Opinion


Jonathan Milne: These hills will not remain remote

EDITORIAL: This weekend, my friend David and I absconded. We shirked all home and childcare responsibility and climbed up the valley behind Avatiu to Te Rua Manga.

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Norman George: Dealing with mentally challenged clients

In the 30 years that I have been practicing law in the criminal bar, I have come across a variety of individuals. The snappy chatty know-alls usually are the “con artists,” the drug dependent pickle brained “where am I type?”

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