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Last update: April 18 2014
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April 18 2014
Steve, not long ago, Rarotongans were renowned to have a lot of prejudices against outer islanders but specially those in the northern group. A lot of them, for example, perceive Penrhyn islanders as troublemakers and short-tempered people. There may be some truth in that perception but these days, thanks to Penrhyn string bands like Sunset Special, Sumaringa Boys, Tongareva Five, and artists like Brother Love, because of their popular Penhryn music, a lot of the prejudices and negative attitudes towards Penrhyn islanders have diminished over the past 20 years. Tony.

April 18 2014
I am curious to get both a Rarotongan and outer islander perspective on what I have heard and experienced concerning the differences between Rarotongans and outer islanders. When I worked in Raro I was advised by more than one Rarotongan with university degrees to be very careful dealing with outer islanders because they were different, more brutal and cunning than Rarotongans. In my own experience I have found Rarotongans consistently first world in attitude and demeanor, but have found some outer islanders to be indeed brutal and mean, specially when angry, even when unjustifiably angry. Anyone out there have an opinion or explanation for me? Steve K.

April 12 2014
Kuki Boy, how could the men be greedy when the money goes to the Government or doesn't go to the Government. It doesn't go to them. Steve K.

April 10 2014
Yes, Steve. I know the law is the law is the law. But that doesn't stop it from being an ass nor the lawmakers from being utterly stupid. Look at the latest idiocy. Cruise ships no longer wanting to call in at Rarotonga because the passengers will have to pay $65 departure tax if the ship stays in port for more than 24 hours! Who drafted that, and then idiots voted to pass it! To balance that they are going to allow visitors to drive as long as they have an overseas licence. They're just a bunch of greedy little men looking to get revenue without working for it. Kuki Boy.

April 6 2014
Yes, Kuki Boy, better to enforce the law going forward than to overcompensate for past lax enforcement with retroactive enforcement. It is a shame though that the law was not enforced consistently in the past. The law is the law, Kuki Boy, and it's what keeps us from mayhem and destruction. Steve K.

April 5 2014
Amazingly heartening to see Puna's bully boy finally backing down from Grey Power and agreeing to give back the money they took illegally from pensioners' bank accounts. Is the thought of an approaching election and a backlash from older citizens the main reason for it? Hmm. Kuki Boy.

March 23 2014
It's good to be back, Tony, you know, sometimes gals cross the line and enter into the world of male violence without understanding how difficult it is for us guys to restrain ourselves and remember we are dealing with the 'fairer sex'. I know that if a guy ever grabbed my hat off my head and threw it out the window while I was driving, I would simply pull over to the side of the road and unleash a big can of woop ass before forcing him to pick it up. With gals, you have to just take it and it can be very frustrating holding-in all that anger. However, the actions of one Polygal should never turn one away from a Tumunu. Steve K.

March 21 2014
Welcome back Steve. Some of us may not be as active as others on this forum in terms of making contributory postings but we do have a keen interest in reading your and others' posts. At times, you and others' postings have been hilarious reading not to mention being informative and educational. Good to see you back mate. Meitaki maata. Tony.

March 20 2014
Thank you Ann. I appreciated your kind words. Yes, it hurts when you spend all day wondering whether the dog you are a feeding parent to may be killed by the government dog guy or the police while you are at work. But, I said goodbye to my friends on the Tumunu, not becuase of the dog debate and the harsh comments posters made, but because a Cook Islander took my hat off and threw it out the window while I was driving. It was my favorite hat. I have come to realise that my love for the Cook Islands should not be affected by the actions of one person. I'm back! Steve K.

March 19 2014
I am looking for contact details for Charles Carson (Jnr) in Rarotonga. Any info please contact

March 17 2014
Kia orana one and all. Hoping to hear from any Kiwi-born Kuki Airani now based in the Cook's. If anyone is interested in corresponding via e-mail and sharing your experiences with me, please contact me Meitaki atupaka, Apolonia.

March 15 2014
In 1980 not long after starting at Avatea Primary my kids came home telling of the police going to the school and shooting a dog. They were not used to this behaviour but the dog belonged to anexpat family and the father went down to Avarua Police station and the dog was being skinned ready for cooking. That upset a lot of us. As Steve K says, dogs are man's best friend and how they are usually treated in Raro leaves much to be desired. Safe travelling Steve K, Ann Malo.

March 14 2014
I am a young postcard collector working on a geography project. For this, I would really love a postcard from the beautiful Cook Islands. Would anyone be happy to send me one? I would be so happy and grateful for your help. Of course, in return, I would be more than happy to send the sender a beautiful postcard (or anything else they might need) from Oregon in the USA. Francis from Oregon.

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