Drone intrusion raises privacy questions

Monday January 09, 2017 Published in Smoke Signals

THE INCREASED USE of drones on the island is raising questions about invasion of privacy.

One smoke signaller believes government should put a regulation/licence on the use of drones in Rarotonga, and with good reason. “Last night a drone was hovering around my house in the night, which I thought was very odd. Who knows, put one in the hands of the wrong people and a lot more houses will be burgled.”

KEEP IT UP

WHILE IT WAS great to see an increased police presence in the form of road checkpoints over the holiday weekends, the Cook Islands Police Service really need to keep the pressure up, a smoke signaller says. “There are still far too many people driving dangerously, and way too many motorcyclists riding without helmets. Though how anyone is ever going to sort out the helmet regulation mess when the law is so idiotic, is anyone’s guess.”

INTERESTING NEWS

A POSTER AT Bluesky HQ tells people that they can buy pre-paid broadband at a very reasonable cost, a smoke signaller says. “That will come as interesting news to those on monthly plans, who pay a huge amount to get meagre amounts of broadband and get little or no service when the weather is bad.”

RESORT UPS AND DOWNS

THE SMOKE SIGNALLER who spent time during the holiday weekend escorting a visitor around some of the island’s restaurants and bars, reports that their best experience by far was a beautifully cooked and presented meal at a resort out west, on New Year’s Eve. “That was the only place that far exceeded our expectations and the service was outstandingly professional. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of some of the other establishments we visited. Stopping off for a snack one day at a resort bar beside the sea, we were left waiting an interminably long time for our drinks. There was just one barman and he was on a go-slow. Eventually we received the drinks, but then had to wait so long for the food, we thought they’d forgotten our order. Another day, we called in at a beachside resort that makes fairly extravagant claims about the quality of its food. We ordered our food, but minutes later the waiter returned to inform us that the items we’d been most looking forward to enjoying, were no longer available. Something to do with the public holiday, he said. We also had to put up with techno music blaring from the sound system. Eventually we couldn’t tolerate it any longer and asked the staff to change the music to something more appropriate. The food, when it eventually arrived, was very ordinary. The biggest surprise was discovering that some establishments still serve squid rings out of a packet.”

TV LANGUAGE OFFENDS

FOUL, COOK ISLANDS Television! How can CITV get away with airing a programme filled with numerous derogatory remarks and swearing? The two New Zealand Maori male co-presenters used some truly awful language, some of it in the New Zealand Maori language. I tried phoning CITV twice that night, but to no avail. If the station continues to air such nonsense while many kids are still watching TV, they should be fined, or their broadcasting licence suspended.

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