Alarm bells ringing for Koutu Nui

Tuesday February 20, 2018

I note that the Koutu Nui are concerned about the increasing numbers of foreign workers coming into the country who aspire to permanent residency.

Not ready for developed nation status

Tuesday February 20, 2018

Friday night’s CITV news segment, featuring Murienua Demo MP and Shadow Finance spokesman James Beer’s comments on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) position that the Cook Islands is ready for ‘developed nation status’, is a major concern for all of us.

It used to be said of women who were in abusive relationships: “Well, it’s their own fault and they should leave.” The same people would say, “If I was in such a relationship, I would just get out”. Yes, many have said these very words and they have been strong personalities in their own right, as well as being financially and emotionally secure.

The Weet-Bix school of accounting

Monday February 19, 2018

Our Minister of Finance has once again displayed the certificate of accounting he got from a Weet-Bix packet.

Time for a name change

Monday February 19, 2018

For someone that hides behind the name Observer, you may need to change it to Obnoxious, because that’s closer to the truth when I read your letter in Friday’s paper.

Let’s celebrate the new diversity

Monday February 19, 2018

As the Cook Islands continues to develop, with tourism growth projected to be at around seven per cent for this coming year, and with the consistent departure of Cook Islanders from our shores, there continues to be a growth in demand for immigrant labour, which will lead to more foreigners migrating.

Something stinks

Monday February 19, 2018

It was great to see a representative of the health department on TV on Wednesday night advising us all that we have to comply with the sewage regulations and provide them with a plan.

One of the things that has concerned myself and many like-minded people in the private and public sector is the practice of politicians influencing or directing the appointment of political appointees into mainly high-level public sector roles and some SOEs.

Please excuse my cynical response regarding a February 5 CINews article entitled ‘Psychologist needed for Arorangi Prison’.

Staff cuts needed at BTIB

Thursday February 15, 2018

The Koutu Nui has every reason to be alarmed about the growing number of ex-pats serving (mostly) the tourism sector.

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