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Tumunu - Bulletin Board of the Cook Islands

Last update: August 10 2014
This is a free, moderated service for Cook Islanders or others to post notices and to discuss subjects of relevance to the Cook Islands. Publication is at the whim and prejudices of the Brewmaster. Maori must be accompanied by an English translation. On any contentious or personal matter you will need to include your e-mail address. No messages will be published if received in capitals only or in lower case letters only or in abbreviated 'text speak'. Material will be edited if overlong, ungrammatical or boring. Postings will be kept until deemed no longer current (usually 30 days). E-mail

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August 10 2014
I have just come across a web article on the Cook Islands and was interested to learn of the way they are now. Old-timers in Raro may remember the total eclipse of the sun in 1965. I was one of the astronomers at that eclipse and spent a month in Raro before and after our month on Manuae. I stayed in Arorangi with Apolo and Kauta Dean. Apolo had been our telegraphist on Manuae, which is where I first met him. However, the reason I write now is because of the remark 'The infamous Captain Bligh' on the web page. The disageeable adjective may be the result of a too-assiduous attention to the novel of Nordhoff and Hall and the Hollywood film made from it with Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh. Both book and film were a gross calumny and libel on a distinguished navigator, a Fellow of the Royal Society and Cook's sailing master in HMS Resolution on his last expedition. In fact, after the mutiny, he returned to Tahiti two years later in HMS Providence, collected more breadfruit saplings and conveyed them to the West Indies where they still grow (and furnish the Windies market in Manchester where I used to buy one occasionally). I am glad to know that Rarotonga is prospering. I recall my time there with the greatest possible pleasure. Sincerely, John James.

August 8 2014
Kia Orana everyone. Just a reminder that Radio Tangi Reka, an online radio for Cook Islanders, is up and running, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can listen to the radio at: Radio Tangi Reka aims to promote our Cook Islands Maori language and encourage all Cook Islanders born outside the Cook Islands, particularly those in New Zealand and Australia, to learn and speak Cook Islands Maori. We are currently seeking sponsors or donors to sponsor low powered FM transmitters and antennas so that our people in New Zealand can listen to the radio on their home or car stereos, especially those who do not have computers or are unfamiliar with the internet. We aim to install the transmitters and antennas in Kaitaia, Kaikohe, Whangarei and throughout Auckland (where the majority of Cook Islanders are residing in New Zealand) as well as in the main centres including Hamilton, Tokoroa, Rotorua, Hastings, Palmerston North, Porirua, Wellington, Nelson, Christc hurch, Ashburton, Dunedin and Invercargill. The vision is, that one day, we Cook Islanders would have our own radio station or programs in New Zealand presented entirely in Te Reo for the benefit of our children born outside the Cook Islands. For further information regarding Radio Tangi Reka, or to sponsor the radio. please e-mail: Happy listening. Kia manuia. Tony, Auckland, NZ.

July 17 2014
I would like to lease a piece of fallow land in Muri with nothing growing on it in 2019. I would like to build a humble home on it and then dedicate the rest of my life working to improve human health care services and protect stray dogs from snipers and others who would unjustly harm them. Indeed, if I can lease enough land at a reasonable price, I am likely to build a kennel for Rarotonga's homeless dog population. This is my dream and, when I was in high school in the 1970s, Aerosmith taught me to 'dream on, dream until your dream come true.' Steve K.

July 11 2014
Hooray and congratulations to Samoa! I see that they are instituting a hardline policy of shooting on sight roaming dogs which are just as much a problem there as on Rarotonga. Let's hope the new Prime Minister will have enough guts to do likewise instead of pussyfooting around the issue like Puna has done for years. Kuki Boy.

June 29 2014
To set Rarotonga up as a retirement haven would require a lot of money in infrastructure just in medical facilities alone. Then you have the perennial problem of the land and the usual dog-in-the-manger attitude of the landowners. They don't have the money to do anything with their land, which is why much of it lies fallow with nothing growing on it, but they are going to make damn sure nobody else succeeds where they cannot. A. Pelago.

June 18 2014
I agree, Ben. Since CIs have New Zealand passports and the right to live in New Zealand, New Zealanders should have the right to live in the Cook Islands. The tax revenue gains would pay for improved medical facilities and capabilities for the retired Kiwis and, wonderfully, also be of great benefit to retired Cook Islanders. Steve K.

June 15 2014
Despite the impending collapse of the Cook Islands Party at the next election I still have not heard any intelligent arguments for or against making Rarotonga a retirement haven for aged New Zealanders who will need medical care and attention in their twilight years. It works well for Florida, why not Rarotonga? What a source of income! Ben T.

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