Cook Islanders in New Zealand have built strong communities and faced challenges, but the question remains whether their dreams of prosperity have been met and whether they should reconnect with their island homes. By Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.
I want to clarify that our article was not anonymous (Call for ‘independent’ deep sea research, Cook Islands News, February 20). I emailed Gerald (McCormack) before submitting our article to let him know we had issues with several of his points and would therefore be replying in the newspaper.
I would like to comment on the various Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) criticisms (Cook Islands News, February 20) of my article about the possible impacts of seabed mining on nodule-associated benthic megafauna (Cook Islands News, February 11), writes Gerald McCormack of Natural Heritage Trust.
Taxpayers of this country who pay the salaries of all MPs should feel outraged about government’s failure to deliver a reasonable number of sitting/working days in Parliament, writes Opposition leader Tina Pupuke Browne.
The tools of unity are not leverage or self-interest, nor are they arrogance and pride, because all of these will split a country, a family, a region into parts they may never heal again or come together.