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Letter: Easy steps for cannabis legalisation

Dear Editor, The Cook Islands Government said the more they look into legalising medicinal cannabis the more problems they come across. This should not be the case, they are overthinking and complicating what is a simple task.


Ruta Mave: Reduce stress: Lower your expectations

One way I find to reduce stress levels is to reduce my levels of expectation. For the most part people don’t know or see the difference between very good and perfection in the production of goods and services, writes Ruta Mave.

Best role of a parent is 'guide on the side'

I’ve just had a huge wake-up call, a teachable moment about my role with my adult children and grandchildren.


Debt and more debt for our country

In my column last week, I said there is one thing that will certainly happen this year, and that is that there will be a general election.


Wedding carries weight for Cook Islands

It was a warm and low key event but a memorable one.


Time to take a look at ourselves

No sooner have the celebrations of Christmas and New Years passed, the Christmas tree packed away and remnants of time together cleaned up and we are faced as a community with manslaughter and reported thefts of livelihood and crops all around the island.


Exciting year in store for our country

A friend of mine told me with a smile that “a New Year resolution is meant to be broken.” That is quite true given our ill-discipline and general tendency not to stick with our resolutions in life.


Time to set hearts on positive change

The beginning of a brand new year is an ideal time to wipe the slate clean and set our hearts and minds on positive change.


Plan for success in the New Year

As 2017 comes to a close I can almost hear myself conjuring up New Year’s resolutions for the coming 52 weeks, 12 months and 365 days.


Aitutaki celebrates in style

I remember our first Christmas in the Park on Aitutaki five years ago.


Of Christmas and a classic local dish

The bright white Sunbeam mixer would drop down into the almost clear mix of egg whites as my Aunty Mata would add the vinegar and other condiments to a frothy mix till it was like cream.


Make virtues a guide for the best family times

It's the season for families to gather for the holidays.


The outgoing tide of our youth

“My sons have left,” he said, perched in a chair across from me.


Sport key to the future of our youth

The victorious Cook Islands netball team returned to Rarotonga a couple of days ago, beaming with pride.


Cook Islands Maori revival: The road ahead

Recently there has been discussion relating to encouraging the use of Cook Islands Maori (te reo) as the primary language in the home with everyday conversation including dialects across the Cook Islands being the target.


It's a hand-to-mouth existence for the poor

I noted the other day that applications for people and agencies to be considered for the prestigious Cook Islands Tourism Awards were open.


A question of who we really are...

“When am I considered a Cook Islander?” he asked me as we sat there watching the sun slowly set on another busy day.


We all need to help keep our islands clean

Last weekend I watched my grandchildren wading out into the lagoon with fishing poles during a village fishing contest and barbecue.


Minister's denials way off the mark

They say a day in politics is a long time.


Agriculture big fail by government

After reading my column today, I have no doubt the Agriculture minister will say, “What does she know about agriculture?”


Answering the divine call to the heart

I recently saw a video on Facebook that moved me deeply.


Mangaia: A fruit bowl of potential

As we sat at a table laden with food, vegetables, corn, pineapples, paka and everything else you would have at a Mangaian church kaikai, the people sang behind us.


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