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.

WITH GOVERNMENT IN a precarious position given the equal numbers on either side of the House, strenuous attempts are apparently being made by the CIP government to persuade coalition opposition MPs to join the vaka-jumping club.

Get your facts correct

Monday January 09, 2017

THE EELS CLUB manager says the writers of two of last week’s smoke signals, headlined “Take a look at yourself first” and “What goes around” need to get their facts right before commenting on things they seem to know nothing about.

THE INCREASED USE of drones on the island is raising questions about invasion of privacy.

ALBERT SHOULD LOOK at himself first. When it comes to poaching players, he is the master. He should also keep in mind that goes around comes around. I believe he poached Takuvaine players and Tupapa players to play for the Avatiu Eels. The same players who he has been abusing on the field. 

MIXED MESSAGES

Friday December 30, 2016

You HAVE TO feel sorry for the staff at RMD. They work hard to get people to obey the law, and then populist politicians give the few delinquent taxpayers an advantage over those who paid on time. The message is simple: pay off your loan, ignore your tax, then moan to the politicians about penalty tax.

A CHRISTMAS SLAP…

Thursday December 29, 2016

How ABOUT OUR benevolent Cook Islands government?

Shooting inquiry long time coming

Wednesday December 28, 2016

“Nearly two months have passed and our roaming prime minister still has not called for a Commission of Inquiry into the prison escape and triple shootings,” a smoke signaller says.

THE COST OF SPEEDING

Thursday December 22, 2016

“Can POLICE CONFIRM exactly how much a speed fine costs? Can they fine you without using the speed reader?” a smoke signaller asks. “There are too many underlying issues behind these fines and helmet laws.”

“DEAR PUB CRAWL bus owners and operators,” a smoke signaller writes.

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