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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.