Democratic Party Supports China but only on the Virus Stigmatization Issue

Written by Florence Syme-Buchanan

Democratic Party Opposition leader Tina Browne says she will stand by the statement issued by the Republic of China ministry of Foreign Affairs that countries, including the Cook Islands agree to “…oppose any attempt at stigmatization, politicizing or labeling the virus, support the leading role of the World Health Organization in promoting global cooperation against COVID-19, and strive for an early victory in the fight against the disease.”

“But at the same time, I don’t believe that in joining that agreement, necessarily means we support the one-China principle. That China wants partnerships with Pacific Island countries elevated to a new height post Covid-19 by “exploring new ways and tapping new potentials of cooperation to bring about greater progress in China-Pacific Island countries relations” should be approached and handled with utmost caution,” says Browne.

“We need to protect what few resources we have, our ocean fisheries, our seabed minerals to absolutely benefit our own people, not some other country with its own vast and diverse resources.”

Pictured: Purse in Protest lead by the Aronga Mana in Rarotonga and the late Dame Margaret Karika Ariki (Photo curtesy of Cook Islands News)

[Photo Credit: Cook Islands News] 

Browne who was not part of the video-link meeting between China and 10 Pacific Island countries including the Cook Islands says the Cook Islands should support a thorough investigation into how, where and why Covid-19 originated.

“I don’t believe that the time to be talking about and possible elevation of relations with China is now when we are fighting to keep our paradise free of Covid-19 and the rest of the globe is battling the virus and suffering its effects on populations the world over.”

“I also don’t want to think that China has chosen this time to hold talks with Pacific Island countries when we are all very vulnerable and our economies are in recession. But it would appear that China is attempting an ill-timed public relations exercise and trying to drum up support from Pacific Island countries in readiness for its future plans in the region.”

Keeping Active and Keeping Young with Papa Tai Lindsay

Written by Kathleen Lindsay

Cook Island born Papa Vaine-Tutai-O-Noo Lindsay known to family and friends as ‘Papa’ is enjoying life at 80 years old. Living in his home in Orakei Auckland for close to 45 years that he shared with his late wife Kathleen Lindsay (née Ioaba-Tamarua) whom are very well known locals. Papa is always on the go and still continues part-time employment for a local community led network called Resource Rescue a Social Enterprise in Tamaki. Since arriving here in 1964 he still enjoys doing what he loves best, being around his family and friends and always keeping physically busy. His secret he vows at keeping young.

Pictured: Papa (centre) with younger Brother Tere and nephew John Lindsay (his right)

Raised knowing how to fix cars a teaching passed down from his late father papa Moo Lindsay of Ruatonga in Rarotonga who himself was a capable man around the 1940s was well known on the island as a self born car mechanic, fisherman and musician a trait papa Moo travelled with from his homeland of Tahiti.

Papa Tai working as a young boy in the fields of the taro patch, living off the land and sea was his upbringing. Therefore, family is everything so the future to him is of upmost important for generations to come.

Papa a devoted family man sought a way in finding something to do in his spare time so joined the team at Resource Rescue in 2018. Physically fit and still sharp in his golden age found an opportunity through his daughter Josephine who works for The Glen Innes Family Centre a community support group who rightfully own Resource Rescue. The initiative around this is a response to the large number of appliances and machinery being recovered through Auckland Council’s inorganic collection.

The aim is to give appliances another chance at life by reducing waste to landfill and recycling of items, whilst also creating local led volunteer training opportunities and providing low-cost appliances for low income households. Items are brought back to the warehouse in Pt England (which is the border area between Glen Innes and Panmure) where the Zero Waste network team are responsible for distributing the items for community benefit. We are not a walk-in facility like a shop all our items are sold on trade me. Resource Rescue became official around the 2nd Nov 2015. We currently have a small team of volunteer service technicians which include his youngest daughter Kathleen who manages the team and administration duties. Papa has assisted in training youth and volunteers at fixing and dismantling mainly lawn mowers and weedeaters. He hopes to see more of our Cook island people encouraged in assisting with what he says as ‘taking care of our enua’. Papa Tai known for his humble nature but certain wiff of cheek and wit has adapted a favourite saying; ‘you people cant buy another one in the shop’ (in this instance meaning the land, our Mother Earth). He believes minimizing waste and adapting this as a new norm to everyones daily life assists in keeping our earth from further deterioration. ‘Caring for the land is our last hope especially when times get hard’ something that come to surface during this covid19 shutdown period, so we must take care of what we have been given for the future of our mokopuna.

He gives thanks to GIFC (Glen Innes Family Centre) for the work opportunity and Zerowaste Network for their general support. Also Waste Management for providing the team with operational space.

Akatu’anga’anga no te Akamatutu

Written by Tauraki Rongo

Kua ‘akakite ‘oki te Minita ō te ‘iti Tangata patipika te Mema Ngāteitei Aupito William Sio ē, ko te au ngā’i ‘anga’anga ā te ‘iti tangata Patipika teta’i ‘i tā’ī’ī meitaki ki te tū kaui tei ‘akatupu’ia ē teia maki.

Nō teia tū kaui, ‘ē 80 Mirioni Tārā tei ‘akano’o’ia ‘ei ‘akamātūtū atu ‘i te tūranga mārama ō te ‘iti tangata tei rūti ‘i tā rātou au ngā’i ‘anga’anga ‘ē pērā nō te ‘anga atu’anga ‘i tetai au rāvenga nō te reira. ‘Ē 30 Mirioni Tārā ka tauru ‘ia atu ki roto ‘i te pae ‘apii nō te au rāvenga kia ‘āriu ē kia mārama te ‘iti tangata ‘i te pu’apinga ō te ‘apii. ‘Ē 40 Mirioni Tārā ka ‘akapou ‘ia ki runga ‘i te tūranga ngutu’are ē te ngutu’are ‘o te ‘iti tangata.

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Akapapa’anga Moni o Aotearoa nei

Written by Tauraki Rongo

I roto i te akapapa’anga moni a te Kavamani no teia mataiti 2020, kua akatu’anga ia tetai 195 Mirioni tara no te kimi ravenga atu’anga i te tauturu i te au tangata tei tamanamanata’ia atu ta ratou ngai angaanga e te raui o te maki Civid-19.

Pictured: NZ Minister of Finance Grant Robertson

Kua akakite te Minita o te moni a Grant Robertson e, ko te apinga ma’ata kia ratou koia ko te tauturu atu’anga ‘i te iti tangata Patipika kia o atu ki roto i te au ngai anga’anga na roto ‘i te tereni e te akamatūtū atu’anga i to ratou turanga marama.

Ko te moni ‘oki tā te Kavamani ‘i tuku atu ‘ei tauturu ‘i te au kamupani, kua tā’anga’anga’ia tē reira ‘ei tūtaki atu ‘i tā rātou aronga anga’anga ‘i te tuātau ‘i raro ake ‘i te tūranga ‘akateretere’anga 4. Kua riro tē reira ‘ei tauturu atu ‘i  te ora’anga ngutu’are ō te aronga ‘anga’anaga ‘i te mea ‘oki ē kāre ā te au kamupani moni ‘i tē reira tuātau, kāre ratou e ‘anga’anga ana, ē kare ‘e moni ‘ē rauka atu ana ‘i te au kamupani. ‘I teia nei ‘oki ē tei roto te Basileia ‘i te tūranga 2 ō te ‘akateretere’anga ō teia raui, kua topa roa te au tūranga o te au Kamupani ki raro. Ko te rāvenga teia a te Kavamani ‘i te tauturu atu ‘ia rātou (te au kamupani) kua ‘ōronga ‘akaou atu rātou ‘i teta’i ‘akatu’anga’anga moni kia rauka ‘i te tūtaki ‘uātu rāi ‘i te aronga ‘anga’anga nō teta’i 8 ‘epetoma. Tē ‘irinaki nei ‘oki te Kavamani ē, ‘i roto ‘i tē reira tuātau ka mātūtū ‘aka’ou mai te au Kamupani ki te tūranga ē ka rauka rāi ‘ia rātou ‘i te tūtaki ‘i tā rātou aronga ‘anga’anga.

Kua ‘akatu’anga ‘ia atu mei teta’i 3.2 Pirioni Tārā ‘ei tauturu atu ‘i te au Kamupani tei rūti atu mei teta’i 50% ō te pu’apinga tā rātou ‘i mātau.

‘E āka rūti ‘oki tō te tu’anga ‘akapu’apinga ō te basileia ‘i teia tuātau no reira ‘i roto ‘i te ‘akapapa’anga moni ō teia mata’iti 2020, ‘e ‘aka’ātinga’anga ma’ata tā te kavamani ‘i rave atu ma te ‘irinaki ē mē mātūtū ‘aka’ou mai te tu’anga ‘akapu’apinga kā ‘oki atu tē reira tu’anga moni tei ‘ōronga ‘ia atu ‘ei tauturu ‘i te tu’anga pu’apinga ki roto ‘i te putē ā te kātoatoa.

Tē ‘aere nei rāi ‘oki te ‘aka’apa’anga ā teta’i au tangata ‘e te tua pāto’i, inārā tē ‘ākara nei rāi tet’ai ma’ata’anga tangata ki runga ‘i te pu’apinga ō te rā’ui ē kāre ‘i ma’ata te tangata ‘i matemate atu me ‘aka’aite ‘ia atu ki teta’i au basileia ‘i va’o mai.

Sacked Pukapukan Workers back to work

Written by Florence Syme-Buchanan

The reinstatement of six Pukapuka government workers will come as a huge relief for them and their families, says Public Service Commission shadow minister William Heather.

Pictured: Public Service Commission shadow Minister Hon. William Heather

“I’m really pleased that after bringing the unfair sacking of these workers to public attention at the beginning of the year, the Public Service Commission office got involved and now the issue has finally been resolved and they have all been reinstated.”

Heather says he will be following up to ensure that the workers, who he says were unjustly sacked by the Pukapuka Executive officer, are fairly treated and back paid any wages they are owed.

“With the majority of Pa Enua income earners being public servants, anything that will affect the government’s ability to get funds in six months’ time to continue operations is going to have a huge impact on our outer islands families.”

“So, the resolution of the Pukapuka sackings by the Public Service Commissioners office is a welcomed result because it removes financial worries from the affected families for this time.”

He explained that as a country that’s governed by laws, the rights of every government employee is protected under the Constitution regardless of their political beliefs. Heads of Government departments should be aware that they are subject to those laws as well and should tread carefully in dealing with employee issues.

“As the shadow minister for PSC, I will be keeping a look out that government workers are treated fairly by their superiors,” says Heather

Heather says he believes keeping Pa Enua public servants on government wages for as long as possible, even on reduced hours, will work as a lifeline during these and future uncertain times.

Pictured: Pukapuka which lies 1,322 kilometres north of Rarotonga

He pointed to a New Zealand government scheme where ministries feeling the impact of Covid-19 and faced with the possibility of laying off staff are instead redeploying them to work on projects; — 160 forestry workers have been able to pick up jobs in 55 government projects in the north island. The projects involve getting rid of wilding pines, an invasive weed that is a threat to farmland, waterways and ecosystems.

Heather feels the same could be done here, with government divisions such as customs, quarantine, airport workers being utilised at the ministry of Agriculture which is under pressure to provide more vegetable seedlings for Rarotonga and the Pa Enua

CIDSAP NZ – Tuku Te Manako: Invitation to ‘Have Your Say’ in structuring our journey forward

We are approaching the final updates to be added into the 2020-2030 National Cook Islands Development Strategic Action Plan New Zealand (CIDSAP NZ).

We will be finalising all feedback and comments by Friday 15 May 2020. If you have not put in your thoughts, now is the opportunity to do so before the close date. Click HERE to download the full CIDSAP NZ document, and email your thoughts to Henry Herman, Chairman at

We look forward to receiving your collective thoughts.

Catching up with Maria Tanner

Written by Tauraki Rongo

“After four years and a bit I came to realise that my career and what I wanted to do could not progress any further in Rarotonga”. These were the words of Maria Tanner when she was asked why she moved back to New Zealand.

Maria Tanner is one of many New Zealand born Cook Islanders who have gone against the grain to try and settle in the Islands, a place they have never lived in, although they are very much aware of their connection to the place.

“ I’ve always had this feeling of connection to the place in me” says Maria,  so with the qualifications and the freedom she had, she went across to Rarotonga in 2010.

Pictured: Maria Tanner with Mum

Hailing from the Teava Taru family of Enuamanu on dad’s side and the Cowan and Amoa clan of Takitumu on mum’s side, Maria followed her heart beat to the islands. She packed up to move home ready for the long haul.

She joined the team at Cook Islands Herald where she did the rounds with print, radio and television news before moving on to take up a position with Ministry of Education (MOE).

At Cook Islands Herald, she said she really enjoyed the face to face interaction with the community. She said that she was able to discover herself in an environment she was already spiritually connected to. Being a journalist in that space was the perfect platform to facilitate her introduction into the community of her roots.

Working with MOE provided her with the insight of how government departments operate.

Having spent a good five years in Rarotonga Maria is now back in Auckland and working for herself as a Developing Producer to help bring Pasifika Contents to our television screens. This means working behind the scene with organisations such Bright Sunday, or BSAG. While most of New Zealand was in lockdown Maria’s been busy with Bright Sunday as part the team ensuring our Pacific people are well informed and aware of the restrictions throughout the different Alert Levels.


Turou Oro Mai – Kua tae te pupu mua tei Piritia mai ki roto I te Raui o Aotearoa nei ki te Ipukarea

Written By Tauraki Rongo

Kua riro te ‘oki’anga atu ō te pupu mua ō te au taeake tei piritia‘ia mai ki roto ‘i te rā’ui’anga ō Aotearoa nei ‘ei mea pāpānunui ‘i te Ipukarea. Kua tūpāti ‘oki te ‘iti tangata ‘i Rarotonga ‘i te matāra mei kō atu ‘i te ngā’i ‘akatō’anga pa’irere ki kō ‘i te ‘Ōtēra Edgewater ma ta rātou au pā’ata kura nō te ‘akaāri’anga ‘i tō rātou rekareka kua tae atu te au taeake ki te Ipukarea.

Kua tu pati te iti tangata no te akaari atu I to ratou mataora no teia pupu tei tae atu

Kua rutu te pa’u ‘i kō ‘i te ‘Ōtēra ‘i mua ake ratou ka tukuna ‘ia atu ei, ki roto ‘i tō rātou au pi’a tātakita’I, nō te tuātau ‘akatakake’anga ‘openga, ‘i mua ake kā ‘oki atu ei rātou, ki tō rātou au ngutu’are.

Kua ‘akakite mai ‘oki te arataki ō te Puna ō ‘Akao’a, ‘a Maria Tuoro, ‘e kaikai’anga teta’i kā rave‘ia nō te rā o te au māmā, ki kō ‘i te ‘Ōtēra ‘inārā, kāre rātou ā kaikai ki te ngā’i ‘okota’i. Kā tu’a ‘aere‘ia atu tā rātou au kai, ki tō rātou au pi’a. Kā kai rātou ko rātou anake ‘ua.

Kua ‘akakite ‘a Maria, ‘i te ‘akamata’anga,  kāre te ma’ata’anga ō te ‘iti tangata ‘i te Ipukarea, ‘i mataora ē tē ‘oki atu nei teia pupu. Nā roto ‘i teta’i au ‘akamāramarama’anga tei rave‘ia, kua taui te manako.

Kare e akatika ia te tatomo I te mou rima, kua na runga ua I te vaanga peapa te aroa

Kua oti ‘oki te tuatau  ‘akatakakē’anga ‘ē rua ‘epetoma, ‘i roto ‘i te ‘Ōtēra Holiday Inn ‘i Akarana. ‘Ᾱ teia ngā ‘epetoma ē rua ki mua, kā no’o rāi teia pupu ‘ē rua ‘aka’ou ‘epetoma, ki te ‘Ōtēra Edgewater, ‘i mua ake kā ‘ākarakara‘ia atu ei tō rātou tōpata kōpapa nō te taime ‘openga, ē mē kāre rāi ‘e manumanu ‘i roto, ka tukuna‘ia atu ei rātou kia ‘oki ki te ngutu’are.

‘I kō ‘i te ‘Ōtēra Edgewater ‘i teia ngā ‘epetoma, nā te ‘akava ē tiaki ‘i teia au taeake, nō te ‘akapāpū’anga ē kia āru rātou ‘i te ture. Ka tauturu katoa te au mema ō te Puna ‘Akao’a ‘i te au Akava.


–  ‘Akatanotano reo Maori – Tupou Manapori

Rā 26 ō Tiunu ka anoano ‘ia te kātoatoa ‘i runga ‘i te pātikara, kia ‘a’ao Pare Kumete

Written by Tauraki Rongo

‘Ᾱ te rā 26 ō Tiunu ‘i teia mata’iti, ka ‘akamata te tu’anga ō te ‘akava ‘i te Ipukarea ‘i te ‘ōpara atu ‘i te ture ‘ōu nō te pare kumete kia ‘a’ao te aronga ‘aka’oro pātikara. Kua roa rāi ‘oki teia manako ‘i te ‘uri’uri‘ia’anga. Kua tupu mai ‘oki teia nō te ma’ata ‘i te au māpū ē matemate nei ‘i runga ‘i te au matāra ō Rarotonga.

Mē kitea ‘ia mai teta’i tangata ‘i runga ‘i te matāra ‘i muri ake ‘i te rā 26 ō Mē, kare ‘e pare kumete, ka ‘akautunga ‘ia atu ‘aia ‘ē $250. ‘I teia tuātau, tē rave nei te tu’anga ō te ‘akava, ‘i tā rātou tu’anga ‘akate’ate’amamao’anga,  kia papa te ‘iti tangata nō te tu’ātau ē mana ei teia ture ‘i runga ‘i te matāra.

‘E tūranga rāi ‘oki tō te pare kumete ‘i ‘akano’o’ia. Tei roto tē reira ‘i teta’i au ‘are toa ‘i Rarotonga. Ka anoano’ia te au tangata ‘aka’oro pātikara kia ‘a’ao ‘i te pare kumete tei āru ‘i te au tūranga tei ‘akano’ono’o’ia. Tē vai nei ‘i nā te ‘akava ei teta’i au pare kumete, kāre ‘i tau ‘i raro ake ‘i te anoano ō te ture. Tē ‘akakite nei te tu’anga ō te ‘akavā, mē ka ‘inangaro te tangata ‘i te kite ‘o’onu atu ki roto ‘i teia au tūranga, kia ‘āravei atu ‘ia rātou.

Tē ‘ākarakara katoa‘ia nei ‘i teia tuātau ē, mē ka rauka teta’i ‘akano’ono’o’anga ki te au ‘are toa ē ‘oko nei ‘i teia au pare kumete nō te tūtaki’anga ‘i te pare, ‘i te mea, kāre rāi pa’a ē peke ‘i teta’i au tangata ī te ‘oko.

Noātu rā ē, ‘e taka’inga pu’apinga teia ē rave’ia nei ‘i teia tuātau, tē ‘inangaro nei rāi teta’i au tangata kia ‘ākarakara ‘ō’onu‘ia atu, ki roto ‘i teta’i au tumu tinamou ‘ē ū nei te au māpu ‘i runga ‘i te matāra.

Ko teta’i ‘apinga ma’ata, kua kite rāi te ‘iti tangata ko te kai kava. Pēnei ake ‘i nā teta’i pae tangata ē tē pāruru ‘ia nei teia tumu nō te mea, ko teta’i ‘ātui’anga mātūtū teia nō te tu’anga kimi pu’apinga ‘i te Ipukarea.


 – ‘Akatanotano Reo Maori – Tupou Manapori

NOW CLOSED! Expressions of Interest – CIDANZ Board of Trustees

Kia orana tatou katoatoa i te aroa maata o te Atua.

When it comes to making a difference in either your life or those around you, the way forward is never easy. Regardless of this, we pursue our goals with passion because not doing so would be a disservice to ourselves and those around us. CIDANZ is going through another change, and we want you, our community, to be a part of this new journey forward.

The Cook Islands Development Agency NZ (CIDANZ) is seeking ‘expressions of interest’ from individuals to join our Board of Trustees. We are seeking to recruit six new Board members from across New Zealand to officially join us from September 2020.

The new national Board of CIDANZ should:

  • Create a new national intent and purpose
  • Unite the Cook Islands community living in NZ to engender a collective cohesion among people of Cook Islands descent
  • Coordinate and facilitate good communication networks to enable ideas and information to be collected and distributed with ease to CIS living throughout NZ
Our Vision:  A United and Prosperous Community 

Individual and Collective Well-being is our purpose. “Working together for the COMMON-UNITY” is not just a slogan, it’s a statement that reinforces our vision to engage the wisdom, the knowledge, and the power within our communities.

We are guided by a set of values that reflects the way we practice.

Our S.P.I.R.I.T Values

Sustainable – Ruperupe, Professional – Tu Rangatira, Integrity – Tiratiratu, Reciprocity – Rave’anga ma te Aro’a, Innovation – Kite karape umereia, Togetherness – Takotai

Board members will be instrumental in further supporting the Trust as it moves into its next stage of organisational maturity and delivers on a 10-year national strategy that runs to December 2030.

The Board will meet quarterly, plus two face to face meetings per year, ( Annual Planning & the Annual General Meeting).

We are seeking individuals with the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in advocacy
  • Experience in advocacy and engagement with local & central government, business, funders and non-government agencies
  • Successful track record of fundraising and ability to support resource mobilisation
  • Experience from outside of the community, ideally in a related field such as business, environmental, education, housing, economic development
  • Experience of financial oversight and management
  • Experience of human resource oversight and management

If you are interested please send a single page CV and a short cover letter outlining your interest in joining the Board and highlighting relevant skills and experience for the Board position.

These expressions of interest must be sent to myself at no later than midday Monday 25 May 2020.

Meitaki Ma’ata,

Henry Herman, Chairman.