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Monday May 28, 2018 Published in Smoke Signals

No more politics in outer islands

Great article in the paper about how MP representation is costly. I would like to use Mangaia as an example, as it has three MPs to represent less than 300 voters at a cost to the country of about $200,000 a year. Now the question for taxpayers. What do you get for your $200,000? Is it worth it or would it be better to abolish these three MPs and give the Mangaia Island Council this money to develop various community projects? I know which option I would take. Also does away with politics on the island. In fact, as reform I would get rid of all party politics in the outer islands and give the savings to each island council to use. Central government will be in Raro and politics stays in Raro. Island councils request funds from central government to develop their various islands. No more politics in the outer islands – something to think about.

 

TAKE THAT MAN OFF AIR

The sooner the Democratic Party leaders stop George Pitt from making a fool of himself on radio every morning, the better chance they have of winning on June 14. He is ruining it for them. I am a staunch Demo supporter. I believe everything Mark Brown said about Pitt on TV the other night was correct.

POLITICAL DEBATE GETS HEATED

Rumour has it that a certain politician got so fed up with a certain media person that a discussion between them became heated, to say the least. A bit of ‘ag-ravation’ we’re told. One smoke signaller says he would have paid good money to be a fly on that wall.

PROJECT OUR FUTURE

George Pitt, is your Democratic Party going to stop my pa enua project that is going to be funded by a Chinese development bank? This project is my children’s future and involves building a tourism resort in the northern group. I am a landowner and I am supporting a government who will support my project in the north. Not an anti-Chinese Cook Island politician or wannabe.

NO DOCTORS AND NO MPs

So the current MP representation is too costly? Tens of millions in debt, no doctors in the outer islands and now we want some of them to have no MPs as well?

NO PRESSURE, NO GOOD

They recently changed our water connection to the new and improved system here in Turoa – now our water pressure has dropped by two thirds.

PENSION TAX

The writer of a letter to the editor of CINews asked whether there is any country that doesn’t tax pensions. One such country is Australia. In their tax regime, personal income tax starts just above the pension rate. However, any income above their pension is taxable.

NO FREE RIDE

In regard to Apiripiri’s comments in CINews on May 21. Mr Apiripiri, you forgot that the tax those Grey Power pensioners paid to the New Zealand government also contributed to the aid money New Zealand donated to the Cook Islands. Therefore it was not a free ride.

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