Before New Zealand could declare a public
holiday to mark the passing of the Queen, I believe the matter had to be passed
In Cook Islands, to declare a public
holiday to do the same, the Prime Minister only had to make a statement from
We still had Covid restrictions in place
when the first cruise boat visited last month. The restrictions were all
dropped last week.
The new One Cook Islands MP said that
their advisors had made it clear “that that we will be part of a new
Government” (Cook Islands News 12 September 2022). I don’t really know
what he means by that but I seem to remember the Aitutaki-based party being
labelled as “Demo-OCI” in television footage during the campaign.
International Day of Democracy is observed on 15 September. But one shouldn’t
read too much into that in regards to Cook Islands.
Well just like how we follow New
Zealand during the Covid times, in the many changes they had, we shall follow
again as NZ also had announced a public holiday – a very nice way to pay
respect to the passing of our Queen Elizabeth ll. God bless.
It is indeed nice of Mr. Mike Henry (chairman of Cook
Islands Investment Corporation) to advise the public that renewable
energy levels will be up to 35 per cent in Rarotonga in the next year or
two (Cook Islands News, 14 September, 2022).
Perhaps Mr. Henry would like to clarify for the
public whatever happened to the promise a previous prime minister, Henry Puna, made
in about 2015 – that Rarotonga would be 100 per cent renewable energy by
2020? We are now almost three years past that point, and now suddenly Mr.
Henry advises us that we will be lucky to get 35 per cent in the next couple of
There was even a Renewable Energy Development Division
established some years prior (2011), to help reach this goa. That was 11 years
ago! What do these bodies do to justify their pay? And indeed, justify their
At this point in our history, we should not even be
relying on diesel power, and therefore no price hikes necessary. Please