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.

Smoke Signals - 04/07/2018

Wednesday July 04, 2018


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Friday June 29, 2018

Driving on the island and the up-coming Rising Stars netball tournament dominate today's Smoke Signals.

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Thursday June 21, 2018

No airpoints for PM on flight to northern islands

Before the general election, caretaker PM, Henry Puna went on a taxpayer-funded trip to his constituency of Manihiki. That worked out very well for him, although there were no first class seats or airpoints on that trip.

Smoke Signals - 20/06/2018

Wednesday June 20, 2018


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Tuesday June 12, 2018

Billboards and adverts misleading, says smoke signaller

The colourful and promotional political billboards and campaign adverts by MP Albert Nicholas are totally misleading, and someone should be called to account for this.

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Monday June 11, 2018

On again, off again!

We were so happy that BlueSky turned our phone back on come Saturday afternoon after being without it over Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to technicians working in Matavera during this time.

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Saturday June 09, 2018

Information scarce on minister’s condition

What is this “serious medical condition...ongoing illness”, that has kept Minister Albert from his own campaign rallies during election time? If he is so sick why doesn’t he withdraw? There is a perfectly healthy candidate running in this election for RAPPA. Maybe next time when he is better.

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Wednesday June 06, 2018


Listening to Kaka Ama on television criticising government for the poor roads, waste management and the state of the Muri lagoon makes you wonder if he is a member of the Democratic Party. Hello – wake up Kaka, the CIP government is in power and it’s their fault the road in Muri is poor and not repaired, that waste management is forgotten, the waste site in Arorangi is overflowing, and that the Muri lagoon is deteriorating.

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Tuesday May 29, 2018

Wage increase no more than a slap in the face for workers

This 25 cent increase to our minimum wage is a colossal slap in every Cook Islands’ citizens’ face. For a person on minimum wage who works a 40-hour week, that is a total of $10 extra a week, or $2 extra a day. And don’t forget the tax! If I tried hard enough, I could probably find that much money lying around on the side of the road every week.

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