A friend of mine just flew overseas for Christmas. Before she even stepped on the plane, the family dynamics of mama drama were already flaring up amongst her adult children. Who got to pick her up at the airport? Who had the privilege to have her stay first? Longest?
People often say that power corrupts and to this I disagree. Power does not corrupt a person, it merely exposes what lies in all our hearts, and simply gives it room, opportunity and permission, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.
All democratic systems are guided by the rule of law. When this is broken a cascade of chaos follows. High drama and public showboating are displayed openly by the actors responsible, some of them basking in the glow of their newfound glory!
The offer of a free patrol boat from Australia by Prime Minister Bob Hawke came as a pleasant surprise for us in 1985. We had longed to engage the Asian fishing pirates who raided our ocean and uninhabited islands like Suwarrow, Manuae and Takutea to steal our fish and shell fish.
In the 30 years that I have been practicing law in the criminal bar, I have come across a variety of individuals. The snappy chatty know-alls usually are the “con artists,” the drug dependent pickle brained “where am I type?”
Presidents and Prime Ministers alike, no-one is above the law. None can disregard the founding laws that were put in place to protect husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and their staff.
Dear editor, Given that the Cook Islands is supposedly a country that advocates equal opportunities for both sexes, I was a bit surprised to see three classified ads earlier this week that specifically asked for males.
Four months ago, our country was exposed to a large number of critical problems: from the growing use of methamphetamine or “P”, to the need for rest homes for the elderly, to the need for psychiatric professionals to treat drug addicts and dementia sufferers. Add the lack of doctors for the outer islands, and we were ready to press the ejector seat and parachute down to safety.