Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals are remarks and observations that range from the serious to the sarcastic. Typically anonymous, these quips capture the community's notes on life and events in the Cooks, or what's echoing over the Coconut Wireless. Smoke Signals and interesting island photos can be sent by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or text to 188, or call the newsroom on 22999.

Courthouse steps never-ending job

Thursday February 16, 2017

The never-ending saga of the courthouse steps never seems to end, a smoke signaller says.

Less haste please!

Wednesday February 15, 2017

“To the lady I spotted driving through Tupapa on Monday morning, please slow down,” a smoke signaller says.

Meeting delays opening

Saturday February 11, 2017

Upskilling is important in public service and workshops are a good way to do this.. 

Nice car Madam Secretary

Thursday February 09, 2017

Maybe the Secretary of Health driving around in a fancy car paid for by taxpayers is not the best way to show that the ministry’s budget is not enough.

“Since when did we turn into Samoa...charging people five dollars to go to the waterfall is disgraceful,” a smoke signaller says.

Man on mission – for himself

Monday February 13, 2017

The Prime Minister promised political reform after getting into power. Now after more than five years there’s absolutely nothing to show for it, except broken promises.

Bank fees take hour’s wage

Friday February 17, 2017

“After withdrawing money from the BSP ATM with my ANZ ATM card because the ANZ machine in Muri doesn’t work,

Sober choice? Maybe not

Wednesday February 08, 2017

A drunken man, barely able to stand, was swaying around Raro Fried Chicken mid-afternoon on Sunday.

No handouts for shipping service

Tuesday February 07, 2017

“IT WAS SAD to see the one professional and dedicated server of shipping to the Pa Enua had their brand new boat stranded on the reef, by accident,

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