I note that the Koutu Nui are concerned about the increasing numbers of foreign workers coming into the country who aspire to permanent residency.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
The Koutu Nui has every reason to be alarmed about the growing number of ex-pats serving (mostly) the tourism sector.