Last update: March 15 2017
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May 21 2017 Here's a question which I have never seen before. Since most of the industry in the Cook Islands is owned and/or operated by papa'a why are there no papa'a in important elected offices? The last I know of was Mr Savage and that was a long time ago. Is this a case of rampant racism? Why don't Polynesian voters elect papa'a? Maybe a few would make a huge difference to our pathetic current elected politicians? A. Pelargo.
March 15 2017 The subject of wif-fi has been raised with me several times by visitors to Rarotonga. The following is from the website Atlas and Boots :'As Rarotonga is part of the far more developed New Zealand, we expected its internet infrastructure to be better than other Pacific islands. Oh, how wrong we were. In Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, we had several ways of getting online: cafes that offered free wifi with a purchase, internet shops that offered a fast connection for a small fee, or a local dongle that allowed us to connect from anywhere. In Rarotonga (or ‘Raro’ as the locals call it), we had only one choice: Telecom and their ridiculous prices including $50 NZD for one gigabyte. That’s $40 USD or £25 GBP for one gigabyte.' Although Telecom has now metamorphosed into Bluesky the charging for wi-fi is just as rapacious as ever. It ia absolutely appalling that our feeble excuse for a Government does not seem to be able to do anything about this. Still, since our Parliament under Henry 'Playboy' Puna has not sat for nine months it is probably not surprising. The countries that give us aid might want to take note of where their aid money is going! Ben T.
March 13 2017
I find it strange that the free-to-air TV channel on Rarotonga does not (a) have a brand name which would allow it to be easily identified and (b) does not have an electronic program guide (EPG) feature which would make it easy for tourist viewers (such as me) to know what programs are coming up. Neither of the two papers on Rarotonga show this information either. Very odd and very poor marketing. Simon.
March 4 2017
The recent furore over the state of Rarotonga's roads is long overdue. The current Government has allowed the round-Rarotonga road to deteriorate until it is comparable with the roads in Eritrea or Madagascar. The road is a national disgrace. Poorly patched with bumps and potholes everywhere except for the strecth near the airport runway. What is the matter with Puna and Brown? Don't they care what our main source of income (tourists) think and say about this? Are they even more incompetent than claimed by the Cook Islands Herald? Archie P.
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