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Tumunu - Bulletin Board of the Cook Islands

Last update: October 19 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 Postings will be kept until deemed no longer current (usually 30 days).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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October 19 2014
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines the word 'Tin-Pot' as 'of little worth or importance'. Therefore, Kuki Boy, your statement did go beyond sophisticated political theories concerning democracy and representation. My point was that the outer islands are of much worth and importance and will be more so in future. Therefore, it's a good thing they have direct representation in Parliament. Now, mind you, I do believe that each outer island should have only one Member. Steve K.

October 18 2014
Oh dear Steve. As usual you have missed the point. I was not referring to the outer islands as not being beautiful, unspoiled and all the other things associated with isolation. What I meant was that their very low levels of population do not warrant their ability to influence general elections. Electorates should be decided in the Cook Islands (as is usual with most other countries) on their level of population. But with the Cook Islands there is a strong parochial element which insists on there being one member of Parliament for a tiny atoll with almost a zero population. If all the islands were rolled into one you would see a more equitable proportional distribution. Stay on track Steve! Kuki Boy.

October 9 2014
Disagree, Kuki Boy, with your characterisation of the outer islands as tinpot atolls. The outer islands are actually the CI's greatest treasures. One hundred years from now when there simply aren't very many pristine beauty places remaining in the world, the outer islands will become even greater treasure. Government representation to protect the interests, to include preservation interests, of such treasures is worthwhile, no? I wouldn't be surprised watching down from heaven to see millionaires and billionaires from around the world leasing outer island lands for big big bucks in 100 years when they find they have nowhere else to go that hasn't already ecologically eroded and become overcrowded. When you own precious diamonds it is a good idea to keep them polished. Steve K.

October 1 2014
Vai Rua, who asked about Cook Islands dances and music being exported to Tahiti should look at this website's page on Art. Archie P.

September 28 2014
The thing that is really concerning is whether the CIP are going to do something about the ridiculous situation we have with all these tinpot little atolls with virtually no population but with an automatic seat in the Parliament. It's long past time to allocate seats on the basis of population, not geography. Kuki Boy.

September 28 2014
Yes, well it was more hope than anything else. Mind you, the shenanigans in Tongareva reminds one of old Albert Henry, the consummate vote-rigger himself, when he imported overseas resident Kukis to vote for him! Ben T.

September 28 2014
Front up Ben T. You dupped yourself in as a fortune teller. Litutu.

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