Snake avoidance advice for both political parties

Wednesday December 20, 2017 Published in Smoke Signals

After the debacle in which George Pitt is said to have offered the Demo Party a deal to get them into government with Internal Affairs minister Albert Nicholas as prime minister, Nicholas made a statement in parliament.

He said, “If you sleep with a snake you get bitten.” We can only but hope that his electorate chaiman, Poko Keu, has shown leadership and loyalty to his minister and severed all ties with George Pitt. And the three Demos in Takitumu – Selina Napa, Tamaiva Tuavera and Vaitoti Tupa, must also sever their ties with George Pitt. Because any continued association with him following his pathetic attack on Demo leader Tina Browne and the Demo Party organisation will be viewed as disloyalty to your own party! I repeat, sever immediately all ties to this viper – and this advice applies to the Demo Party and the CIP too!


How does the emergency management organisation deliver its services? Does it include regular travel overseas and the pa enua, especially during this cyclone season? Why I am asking is, when trees are uprooted in heavy winds and fall across the road do we phone them to clear these trees or is ICI part of the equation? The confusing thing is that, its referred to as emergency management. Please explain!


“When we lived here 18 years ago there were over eight volleyball venues throughout Puaikura,” a smoke signaller says. “People played touch at both schools. We played basketball at the LDS church but now the courts are too close to the church elders’ living quarters so many don’t really want to play there because of the noise they make. Can some politician or aronga mana representative open up places for the youth of Puaikura to play sports like basketball of volleyball again?


Can the police find an effective plan to counter the constant problem with motorbikes being stolen? One move is to properly check that the annual licence details are the same as on the bikes that many youths are riding on, for example engine, chassis and plate numbers. The second idea would take a bit more time and would include creating a database that’s readily available to officers, mechanics and buyers alike, containing details of all stolen bikes.


On the subject of bikes, there have already been a number of deaths as a result of motorbike accidents this year, but still many young people, most of them males are ignoring warnings and driving way over the speed limit, usually with no crash helmet, and often after having consumed alcohol. With the extra Christmas traffic on our clapped-out roads, it’s only a matter of time before there’s another tragedy. For police, it’s time to stop the warnings and start the action.


The current crop of tourists on the island seem to be taking a “who cares” approach to the wearing of motorcycle safety helmets. Numerous visitors have been sighted gaily driving around the island, with nary a helmet in sight. Does this mean the police have abandoned the idea of enforcing the silly  helmet law?


Fish court case verdict confirms it’s Puna’s tuna!

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