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Animal care needs unity

Friday June 09, 2017

“I one hundred per cent agree with the smokie in CI News recently re another animal welfare group setting up on the island,” a smoke signaller says.

Just wondering how many animal welfare organisations we can support with our tiny population in the Cook Islands?

“When reading the story about the tere party that went to London and France and their complaints as to the indignities that occurred to them, I felt great sympathy for them, especially being left without transport by their tour leader,” a smoke signaller says.

“I read with interest the ‘watching the land growing’ smokie in Wednesday’s CI News, as I was also an observer in court, a smoke signaller says.


Tuesday May 30, 2017

Five islands are missing from our national flag

“Isn’t it time that our local police hierarchy replaced their flag (pictured right)?” a smoke signaller asks. “This one is missing five stars as far as I see or have we lost five islands? Has anyone else noticed this sad state of affairs?”

It is good news that roads in Matavera are being repaired, but as the Road Safety Council has already pointed out, these measures are unlikely to last because the potholes that have been filled with gravel and topped up with tar will be back to their original state after the next few decent torrential downpours, a smoke signaller says.

To Wilkie Rasmussen, you are right in your weekly column printed in CI News on May 22, but the past is history,” a smoke signaller says.”

History lessons lacking

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Regarding Anna Bayne’s letter to the paper about local Cook Islands history being in our school curriculum, I believe she is incorrect.

Never-ending project

Monday May 22, 2017

Exactly what is happening with the Te Mato Vai water mains project, a smoke signaller asks.

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