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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.