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.

Chicken photo appeals

Thursday July 28, 2016

“WHAT A SWEET photo caption story that was in CI News last week, about the mother hen and chick crossing the road at a Give Way sign,” a smoke signaller says.

Could Infrastructure Cook Islands or whoever is responsible please fix the dreadful potholes around the island?

Mouldy Ministry

Monday February 19, 2018

Well, while we wait for the same sad Chinese crew that built the sad courthouse to come and ‘fix’ the place up at the cost of millions, the same sad administration of the Ministry of Justice can’t find the time to clean the nice, fresh mould and slime off the brand-new tile steps that replaced the mouldy and slime-infested old steps. Asleep at the wheel.

I recently read some criticism of George Maggie in CINews. I don’t agree with everything this person was saying about George Maggie because I think Maggie is a great example for the people’s representative and the people in parliament.

This signaller is wondering where or how the tax department gets their information on past tax that is outstanding.

Smoke signaller who was in the departure lounge at Rarotonga International Airport recently says the lounge facilities need to be much more closely monitored.

“It’s good to see the police out conducting random checkpoints all over the island, a smoke signaller says.

Sober choice? Maybe not

Wednesday February 08, 2017

A drunken man, barely able to stand, was swaying around Raro Fried Chicken mid-afternoon on Sunday.

No handouts for shipping service

Tuesday February 07, 2017

“IT WAS SAD to see the one professional and dedicated server of shipping to the Pa Enua had their brand new boat stranded on the reef, by accident,

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