Green weed a bad look for our precious lagoon

Wednesday February 01, 2017 Published in Smoke Signals
Weed piled up on the beach at Kavera. The photo was taken in December. 17013122 Weed piled up on the beach at Kavera. The photo was taken in December. 17013122

THE FACT THAT the lagoon is deteriorating rapidly has been brought home to an Arorangi resident who says when he went for a swim at high tide last week, he was disgusted at the amount of green weed floating around on the surface.

A check of some of the streams flowing into the lagoon in that area revealed that in most cases the rocks and stones in the stream beds are now a bright Kermit-the-frog green colour. Unlike the Kiwis though, we won’t be making any money out of our “greenstone”.


ANOTHER SMOKE SIGNALLER says it’s great to hear from the prime minister and the Tourism Corporation about how well we’re doing on the tourist front with visitors arriving in ever-increasing numbers. “If we’re making so much more money out of tourism, I guess we’ll now be able to fix the roads and ensure they are less dangerous for both locals and visitors. We’ll also be able to get the water project sorted out quick smart, and spend money on lessening the social impact of all these visitors interrupting our peaceful traditional lifestyles. Oh, and of course we’ll get the lagoon miraculously healed and looking pristine, just in time for the next onslaught of visitors.”


“When will our roads be fixed?” a smoke signaller asks. “I’ve been here seven months and I’ve had six flat tyres on my bike. I purchased a bigger, thicker tyre for the rear wheel, but now my front tyre’s gone flat twice! Once was caused by the horrible roads, and the last was from a nail on the road. Six flat tyres down, and on my seventh I’m going to tell the mechanic, ‘Charge it to the government’. Surely this government’s tired of hearing people complain about the roads. Fix them and the complaints will stop.”


ON A MORE positive note, a visitor wants to thank café owner Mr Teva Simona at Aitutaki airport for putting them on to his ‘miracle oil’. “It was very useful for the whole family. We got some more from the Muri outlet shop next to where we stayed.”


“INFRASTRUCTURE COOK ISLANDS recently called for public submissions regarding repairs to the road and drainage, plus they have a consultant to assist them,” a smoke signaller says. “What the heck? What exactly is their job? I thought ICI was supposed to be doing this anyway? Why do they need to seek public submissions? Get a budget, stick to it and get on with the job. It might actually involve getting out of the office to actually have a look at the roads to see what needs to be done. And what ever happened with the completion of signs at the roundabout in Avatiu?”


WHEN IT COMES to road repairs, it seems it isn’t a matter of what you know, it’s who you know. The back road at Kavera is riddled with bone-jarring potholes that ICI can never repair in a way that will last, because of the short-cut way they take to fix them. But last week one of the worst potholes, which happens to be near the home of one of the island’s more notable big shots, miraculously got repaired. All of the other potholes in the area weren’t touched.


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