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Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO EDITOR: History behind Kimiangatau’s founding

Dear Editor, While it’s good to get new local programmes on CITV, it is not good practice to source material from just one person and not do any cross-checking.

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO EDITOR: Give us clean water or come clean

Dear Editor, While the stated “nearly $90 million” cost to date for Te Mato Vai may not be correct (and many think it’s closer to $120m), we all need to be reminded that when the project was announced at a budget of $59 million, multiple Cook Islanders argued that something like $15 million would put […]

One law for all Cook Islanders

Unless I am wrong, and someone should correct me if I am, traffic accidents fall under the category of “strict liability” offences.

Opinion


The Cook Islands Act 1915 – still strong after 100 years

2015 has been a year of milestones, the most notable of them being the 50th anniversary of the beginning of self-rule in the Cook Islands in free association with New Zealand. Last Sunday marked another important event in the history of this nation: 100 years since the passage of the Cook Islands Act 1915. With land occupation right issues having been in the headlines recently, Lawyer Brian Mason details how the Act came about.

Opinion


Facing up to the inevitability of death

There is something that will happen to all of us, something we often don’t want to think or talk about until it’s too late.

Opinion

Public service captains have much to do

Finally, after months of waiting, the people to steer our public service through for the next three years have been announced.

Opinion

When history becomes flesh and blood

One of the benefits, or sometimes the curse, of having been around awhile is that often historical events are not just dry words on a page or grainy black and white pictures, but real life flesh and blood occasions because you were there.

Opinion


Te mana henua, land court and politics

What a blooming headache it has become, don’t you think?

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Rule of law versus the media

The Chief Justice is not “omniscient.”

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Parliament in ruins thanks to neglect...

The institution of Parliament is now in ruins, desecrated, vandalised and allowed to fall apart.

Opinion


Boxing, politics and gay rights

Tropical Chronicles – Wilkie Rasmussen I have heard of the sport of boxing being referred to as the “gentleman’s sport”.

Opinion


Auckland revisited – and that All Black list

It is often said that a week off The Rock makes a difference.

Opinion


Churches have major role to play in the running of our country

A late amendment to the Cook Islands Constitution was added in 1997.

Opinion


More to celebrations than meets the eye

Now that Te Maeva Nui and Constitution Day are done and dusted, we all can move on. Move on to what though, some of you may ask? Some may be lucky to assume or stumble into great wealth and fortune.

Opinion

Political reform – or 'deform?'

Most of the commentaries I hear on the subject of political reform should correctly be called ‘political deform’.

Opinion


Smoke Signals

Bluesky, now it’s time to talk Come on ‘Blueskam’, when are you going to fess up to ripping us off with unexplained excess data charges?

Opinion


Ui Ariki response 'like air-freshener'

Norman is back! After a short break political veteran and lawyer Norman George continues his weekly column in CI News with a look at Prime Minister Henry Puna’s recent challenge to the Ui Ariki. Future columns will be published as usual on Wednesday.

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'Tau affair' raises cultural questions

Columnist Derek Fox discusses an incident where in NZ, Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau was caught smuggling protected kereru or wood pigeons. Hunting kereru carries a penalty of up to $100,000 fine or up to six months in jail. There is also a rahui on hunting kereru across much of Northland.

Opinion


Jet blast blows egg on some faces

It seems that I am not the only one who believes in reverse psychology.

Opinion


The mother of all Cook Islands laws

Next to the Constitution, the Crimes Act 1969 is the mother of all our laws.

Opinion


Time to call general election

Let me put a question to CI News readers out there. Should Prime Minister Henry Puna dissolve Parliament and call a new general election?

Opinion


Old TVs a roadside problem

Dear Editor, On April 6, 2013 you published a story with the headline “Community urged to stop dumping”.

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