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.

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Saturday September 01, 2018

An unhealthy situation

The newspaper says there is lots of flu going around, and at Dr Uka's surgery, it has been standing room only, with people queuing up to see him.

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Wednesday August 29, 2018

History rewritten…

Local TV ad tells us that ANZ bank has been banking in the Pacific for 135 years. However, a quick look at Mr Google will tell you that ANZ was formed in 1951 from two other banks. Even if ANZ has purchased one or more banks which have indeed been operating in the Pacific since 1883, it certainly was not under the ANZ name. Management may wish to set the record straight.

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Wednesday August 15, 2018


Whoever runs the National Auditorium has about five months before UB40 plays to hire a sound technician that isn’t the one that made this year’s Te Maeva Nui (like last year’s) a sound disaster by adjusting the bass so high that the walls shook and the voices were drowned out. And while management is at it, perhaps the exit signs, none of which have lights working, can be fixed before there is a disaster in the event of fire.

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Monday August 13, 2018

Buggies in the same basket as dodgy scooter drivers

A smoke signaller says he can’t understand recurring anonymous criticism of the island’s buggy tours “When I have been, I have enjoyed my time on them. Some people don’t know how to drive them, and it is the same situation with visitors who hire scooters. But do we put down the scooter hire companies? I commend the buggy tour owners for trying something different on the island to give the tourists a tour that is enjoyable.

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Thursday August 09, 2018

Some interesting facts about our winter weather

Deputy prime minister Mark Brown must have still been at high school when the annual Constitution celebration performances shifted from the leaking, corrugated iron-roofed old Constitution Park building to the French government-funded Are Karioi Nui. Wet weather was the cause.

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Friday August 03, 2018

No surprises that this year's Te Maeva Nui festival continues to spark conversation from the community.

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Thursday August 02, 2018

Float parade or just another photo opp?

Once again a public event, the float parade is turned into a caretaker government photo opportunity. Once participants have marched past the podium their usefulness is over. The attitude seems to be, who cares where they go after that?

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Tuesday July 31, 2018

Dreaded potholes are back with vengeance

Has anyone else noticed that the potholes are back? Some say they never went away, but they were attended to once the elections were called now they are back! Seems the elections gave us temporary relief from potholes.

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Friday July 27, 2018

Police elusive on fire call problems

I read with interest in today’s CIN that a similar question to one I posed about phone calls to the police about the Raromart fire was put to the police spokesperson. He gave a very elusive answer.

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