Letters to the Editor

You are invited to write in with your views and opinions. Please respect our limit of 300 words; letters may be edited for reasons of space or clarity. Include your full name for publication, and your address and phone number for authentication purposes. Anonymous or unattributed letters will not be accepted except in special circumstances; offensive language and personal attacks will not be accepted in any circumstances.

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Mail: The Editor, Cook Islands News,  PO Box 15, Rarotonga

Fax: (+682 ) 25303

I am surprised and shocked to find that Cook Islands News has decided on a policy of not allowing non de plume names for letters to the editor. In a small place like Rarotonga you have curtailed an important source of disclosure and community discussion and I am totally disgusted by your new policy.

Dear editor

Last week I attended the Health Conference in Rarotonga. My mother is from Areora village in Atiu and I am an Auckland anaesthetist.

Suppression: Tried and true

Friday July 19, 2019

Dear editor,

Thomas Wynne’s column “In Sickness and in Health” (Opinion, July 13) states: “one cannot look at our history from 1915 to 1965 and dismiss the critical role ... our Ariki and Mataiapo have played in where we are today”. 

Meth, marijuana and our schools

Thursday July 18, 2019

 Dear editor,

The education department has a real battle on its hands if it is to fight and win the battle against meth.

Time to fight for anolyte

Thursday July 18, 2019

Dear editor,

The merit of “anolyte” is its ability to kill germs, bacterium, protozoa, and viruses, unlike chlorine which fails to eliminate all the major nasty bugs, and just ends up smelling and tasting of the chemical chlorine.

Dear editor,

By now Mark Brown, the deputy prime minister, must be thinking he can walk on water.

The line for locals

Wednesday July 17, 2019

Dear Editor,

Are we welcome here? Depends who you are dealing with.

Dear Editor,

The problem with statistics is they can be taken out of context and used to misrepresent the whole, as we have seen with the chlorine debate. 

Bluesky: Shape up or ship out

Tuesday July 16, 2019

Dear Editor,


We recently spent a lovely two weeks in Rarotonga. Lovely, that is, except for a chaotic failure to connect with wifi.

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