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LETTER TO EDITOR: Homosexual Law reform remains in limbo

‘Science shows us that people are born LGBTQ+’

Letters to the Editor

‘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”.

Derek Fox: From where I'm sitting, Rarotonga is a very long way away

OPINION: Covid-19 is hitting older people hardest. My friends, my relatives, even I may not survive this pandemic, writes Derek Fox.

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Jaewynn McKay: Social distancing might have saved many from past pandemics

I don’t know for sure, but I would almost bet a dollar, that it’s almost impossible – anywhere in the world – to get through the day without hearing, reading or seeing something about Covid-19, the coronavirus that is sweeping the world.

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Ruth Mave: Look out for the young ones

A village raises a child, because parents can’t be everywhere, but where is the village when we need them most?

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Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: 1000 reasons to pay teachers more

OPINION: MPs deserve their pay rise – and by the same measure, so do the teachers who hold our future in their hands.

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Alex Herman: Seabed minerals: This is a long game – we have do to it right

OPINION: Deep-sea minerals aren’t all the same, and the tools used to harvest them are very different from one corner of the ocean to another. In Cook Islands, the focus is on environmental and economic sustainability – and that sets it apart from more harmful seabed mining practices, contends new Seabed Minerals Commissioner Alex Herman.

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Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Sons for the return home

OPINION: Study at home incentives and student loans are a step in the right direction to bring our young people back to fulfil the dream of a Cook Islands filled with our people, their talent and skills.

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Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: Harder, better, faster, stronger

OPINION: From environmental awards to internet speeds, with so much that is fake in the world today, we must take responsibility for ensuring our perceptions reflect reality.

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John Turnbull: Satellites will drive digital revolution, undersea cables are too vulnerable

OPINION: Vodafone Cook Islands uses the SES O3b satellite constellation. John Turnbull from SES argues the future for island nations is satellite, not undersea cable.

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Jaewynn McKay: Making our own special brand of magic

OPINION: Knowing that you’ve already had the majority of New Years in your lifetime helps to put things in perspective: life is short, be kind to yourself and others.

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Norman George: Pondering the imponderable in 2020

OPINION: As a new decade dawns, look for the brightness of the early sunrise with optimism in the air.

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Ruth Tangiaau Mavé: Better to wash hands than to wring hands

OPINION: Drastic times call for drastic measures and it often comes in the most, dire of times where there is no other way, no other hope, but to condemn, contain or survive.

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Jason Brown: Even now, it's hard to pooh-pooh Scott's work

OPINION: Years of the Pooh-Bah remains a landmark publication decades after it was published. Richly written and sourced, the book casts a clear eye over more than a century of island experiences with colonialism, from early missionary times to self-government.

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Thomas Tarurongo Wynne: The Cable has landed

OPINION: Rarotonga and Aitutaki’s fast undersea internet connection will come with new opportunities – and new challenges. We must be vigilant.

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Pastor Tevai Matapo: Resolving to make a difference in your life

OPINION: It is that time of the year when people make New Year resolutions. Many of us always have every good intention at the outset, but by the middle of the year, many of those resolutions are no longer in focus.

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Ruth Mave: Creating change starts with you

OPINION: It’s the end of the world as we know it: the year 2019 has run its course.

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The water debate continues

Several weeks ago, the Cook Islands water authority, To Tatou Vai, announced it was conducting a six-month trial of Poly-Aluminium Chloride (PACl) as a flocculation agent. Flocculation is a process of settling out particulate matter, for example dirt, from the water. Given that PACl is a chemical that produces a potentially toxic sludge as a byproduct of the flocculation process, this trial needed to be properly assessed for environmental impacts before it was approved.

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The meaning of graduation

Ko au ko koe ko tatou “It is me, it is you, it is all of us…” This statement attempts to sum up what the Cook Islands’ graduation as a country means, as the clock ticked past January 1 this week and we stood as a developed nation.

Opinion

Counting our blessings

The year 2019 has passed. A new decade is before us. Let us therefore look back with gratitude for all the blessings which have been ours, and look ahead to the New Year with expectant hope.

Opinion


You can't live without water

For some Christmas is all about life – in particular the birth of Jesus. They say that bread is the staff of life, it might be; but while you can probably live without bread, you can’t live without water. No living organism whether plant or animal can live without water. When the World Health Organisation was looking for reasons why people in developed countries in Europe live longer than those in less developed nations, there were several factors - but the one that stood out and was possibly most easily fixed – was contaminated water.

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Ruth Mave: Living on island time

After you’ve spent time chasing the goals and dreams of the high speed, concrete jungles of the world, coming to live in the Cook Islands is a decision most of us make to get some real island time, where the rhythm of life is slower, simpler and cleaner. It’s where eyes and hearts wake to nature and views and tourists pay money to visit and absorb all this for a short time. We are the lucky ones – we live here. So, as we head into a new decade, let’s take a moment to wallow in our good fortune. We have changed and evolved yes, but some things, thankfully, remain the same. Before you rush headlong back into work and routine, remember island time is alive and well.

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