Tumunu - Bulletin Board of the Cook Islands

Last update: October 8 2017
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October 8 2017 After watching a recent Country Calendar TV program in New Zealand about seasonal workers from Vanuatu working in New Zealand in vineyards I think it's time for New Zealand to dump the Cook Islands as a country with automatic New Zealand citizenship. This would stop unrestricted migration to Auckland and Christchurch for Cook Islanders and instil in them a desire to work instead of lying around picking up the dole in New Zealand as well as other benefits. The Vanuatuan workers work in New Zealand for seven months of the year and send most of their earnings home. Great people!. A. Pelargo.

September 16 2017 Hey A Pelargo. The current system behind the system is a-ok. We don't need the Papa'a out front when an islander with no formal nor pro-maori education is there to take the fall for all of our policies of non-policy. Akamotu there friend, everything's working out just fine for our foreign agendas! Thanks also to the locals in our pockets! Akamotu.

August 8 2017 I see that Tourism Cook Islands is not pleased with the new stricter police requirements on the testing of visitors wishing to ride motor sccoters. With some justification Tourism is worried that these new tests will have a deleterious impact on visitors and hence on tourism. The only problem with that is that, reportedly, the Cook Islands has the second worst record in the world of motor scooter accidents, beaten only by Eritrea. Is this really true? Ben T.

May 21 2017 Here's a question which I have never seen before.  Since most of the industry in the Cook Islands is owned and/or operated by papa'a why are there no papa'a in important elected offices?  The last I know of was Mr Savage and that was a long time ago.  Is this a case of rampant racism?  Why don't Polynesian voters elect papa'a?  Maybe a few would make a huge difference to our pathetic current elected politicians? A. Pelargo.

March 15 2017 The subject of wif-fi has been raised with me several times by visitors to Rarotonga. The following is from the website Atlas and Boots :'As Rarotonga is part of the far more developed New Zealand, we expected its internet infrastructure to be better than other Pacific islands. Oh, how wrong we were. In Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, we had several ways of getting online: cafes that offered free wifi with a purchase, internet shops that offered a fast connection for a small fee, or a local dongle that allowed us to connect from anywhere. In Rarotonga (or ‘Raro’ as the locals call it), we had only one choice: Telecom and their ridiculous prices including $50 NZD for one gigabyte. That’s $40 USD or £25 GBP for one gigabyte.'
Although Telecom has now metamorphosed into Bluesky the charging for wi-fi is just as rapacious as ever. It ia absolutely appalling that our feeble excuse for a Government does not seem to be able to do anything about this. Still, since our Parliament under Henry 'Playboy' Puna has not sat for nine months it is probably not surprising. The countries that give us aid might want to take note of where their aid money is going! Ben T.

March 13 2017
I find it strange that the free-to-air TV channel on Rarotonga does not (a) have a brand name which would allow it to be easily identified and (b) does not have an electronic program guide (EPG) feature which would make it easy for tourist viewers (such as me) to know what programs are coming up. Neither of the two papers on Rarotonga show this information either. Very odd and very poor marketing. Simon.

March 4 2017
The recent furore over the state of Rarotonga's roads is long overdue. The current Government has allowed the round-Rarotonga road to deteriorate until it is comparable with the roads in Eritrea or Madagascar. The road is a national disgrace. Poorly patched with bumps and potholes everywhere except for the strecth near the airport runway. What is the matter with Puna and Brown? Don't they care what our main source of income (tourists) think and say about this? Are they even more incompetent than claimed by the Cook Islands Herald? Archie P.

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