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With the closure of the Games it is now up to each sports code to look at the positives and negatives of their code.

The Good Reverend, Papa Orometua Ngaro, has based this week’s Church Talk on the signs and posters around Rarotonga on the theme, “I AM”.

In a recent article, by the House of Ariki, in particular Travel Tou, accused us, the Koutu Nui, of playing politics. This statement is far from the truth.

Dear editor,

I came across a statement that the Privy Council made in a completely unrelated judgment and from which the LGBTQ community I believe might take heart.

Either the Speaker, ex PM and PM Mark Brown are extraordinarily dense and genuinely do not understand the Standing Orders (in which case the former should not even be there) or they do.

For the prime minister to publicly attack two well-meaning non-political citizens who have been exercising their constitutional rights along with over 1000 others, is not on and is very spiteful.

PM Mark Brown denounces Ms Flanagan and Mr Kirkwood and their demands that the Speaker resign disgraceful and that they are driven by a political and personal agenda.

Government is treading carefully on the submission to abolish Koutu Nui and has determined for the House of Ariki to host further community consultations.

This week’s Parliamentary confidence vote was a prime example of an Opposition reigning-in the government which tried to ignore standing orders that have been created under the country’s supreme law – the Constitution.

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