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Law Society president Wilkie Rasmussen's letter “Fighting for the outer islands”, was absolutely right. The delay to compensations for landowners in the Northern Group was because government took land by warrant before sorting out who the landowners were.
My grandfather always told me, not to trust politicians, and only believe half of what you read. I now believe this completely.
The prime minister in Parliament yesterday blamed lawyers in the private sector for the delay in the payment of compensation to landowners in the Northern Group whose lands were taken by warrant by the government to construct the solar power stations.
Reading CINews' Saturday issue and the Finance minister Mark Brown’s ‘Citizens’ Budget Guide’, I thought I'd add my two cents worth. Deputy prime minister Mark Brown’s self-congratulatory opinion of our country's economy, and without a doubt his unrealistic economic budget forecasts that, as far as he is concerned, were cleverly designed to give us the impression that our economy is going gangbusters. The reality of our true economic position is really so much more alarming and disturbing.
I was stunned by the revelation that not only is Albert Nicholas’ arrest warrant still a serious jurisdictional legal matter, but that New Zealand authorities have had to formally apply to our Police Commissioner and Ministry of Justice to have Nicholas extradited back to face their Courts.
The cavalier way this government approaches its responsibilities in authorising the expenditure of public revenues would be unacceptable anywhere else in the democratic world where representative and responsible government is practised.
I commend Cook Islands News for taking the initiative to run its recent opinion poll. Very timely and I do hope polls of this nature continue in future.
I just had to respond to the derogatory letter about Minister Brown wearing shorts at an important meeting. I did get a laugh out of it because Minister Brown is like one of the boys.
I didn’t fully realise the extent of Mark Brown’s poverty and determination to have his wage increased until I saw the front page of your paper with the photo of the NZ envoy and the invisible man Puna and buddies in Aitutaki for discussions.