Tuesday March 06, 2018 Published in Smoke Signals

UN issue continuing to get silent treatment


Is the reason that Henry Puna and his sidekick Mark Brown aren’t talking with their New Zealand counterparts about the dual citizenship and UN membership issue because they did that already and they now know the answer? What are they going to come up with next?


A smoke signaller says it’s interesting to know that letter-writers Steve Lyon and “The Unionist” have one thing in common. “They are both foreigners and want the same rights as Cook Islanders. You come in peace and you leave in pieces.”


With more and more motorists reporting damage to their vehicles after running into potholes, the bills are mounting. “If there was any justice in the world, the government would pay – because it’s their neglect of the island’s roads that is causing the problems,” a smoke signaller says. “But the chances of that happening are zero.”


Workers were spotted on the roof of the parliament building yesterday morning. They were evidently giving it a spruce up and freshening the sign that indicates the dingy former pre-fab is actually a country’s parliament. Strange then, that a representative of parliament services claims not to have known there was anyone on the roof.


The paint job at parliament seems to be designed to create a good impression for New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who is due to arrive on Rarotonga tomorrow. However, it doesn’t say much for her rating. When Helen Clark visited way back when, the main road received new centreline markings and even “cat’s eye” reflectors which showed where the centreline was at night. When Ardern’s predecessor Bill English visited, there was a flurry of painting activity that was still going on while he was here.

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