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Wednesday 21 September 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion


LETTERS: Power bill rise ‘inevitable’

Dear Editor,

It was inevitable (Rarotonga electricity prices to increase by $0.15 per unit, September 20). Anyone who looks at the charts of fuel pricing on the major world indexes (Brent and West Texas) can see they have increased dramatically over the last 6-7 months. This is not just a one of blip for a month. I am surprised this has not come about sooner to be honest.

I am not sure where TAU (Te Aponga Uira) buys their fuel from (New Zealand or another country) but they surely are facing massive cost pressure to keep the fuel coming to keep the power on. There is not much to be done.

Apparently they are still wearing half of the increase so they are not even passing on the full impact – I am sure many businesses here will try to claim back most of their cost increases and I doubt that many have to deal with the sheer amount that TAU does which must be in the millions of dollars.

Mike Linda Crosby


Avarua Town Plan

Nearly the ‘whole world’ disagreed with Sir Geoffrey back in the days when he made a proposal to shift the markets from town to where the Punanga Nui is now situated.

Everyone even the market vendors were pissed off with the plans and the site.

Regardless, the plans went ahead and the Punanga Nui was built.

Today, thousands (maybe millions since then) of tourists (and islanders) have paid a visit and those hardworking locals who sold the ‘fruits of their labour’ ended up making large profits, often making more on one day than a week’s pay working for Government. That was and still is the best investment Government ever made back then.

The Covid era is nearing its end and that means tourists will soon flock back to the islands again if they haven’t already started.

This is another future development to generate more money to keep islanders at home. Again, those who understand that ‘cascading’ effect will reap what they sow.

And those who moan without vision nor plan but depend entirely on Government for everything under the sun will get nothing but the shade.

What sums it up for me is the famous Lennon quote “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

Thomas Peyroux