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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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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Thursday July 26, 2018

Road chaos continues

The combination of a large number of tourists and an even larger group of outer islanders on the island for Te Maeva Nui is contributing to traffic chaos on our roads, with many motorists apparently blissfully unaware of the road rules. Time for the police to mount continuous checkpoints, just like they did at Christmas. Or doesn’t the budget allow for that?

High-flying PM at it again already

The jet-setting PM departed last Sunday on another overseas time wasting as Caretaker government.

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Thursday July 19, 2018


It is high time the Airport Authority sorted out the issues with their automated carpark – but this looks to be unlikely to happen anytime in the near future.

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Friday July 13, 2018

Politics dominates today's Smoke Signals. Remember if you have a Smoke Signal you wish to send in, email it to - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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