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.

It's pass the parcel time

Friday December 09, 2016

Instead of the PM and the Infrastructure Cook Islands minister taking the bull by the horns and coming out with a Muri lagoon plan, they ask the out-of-sight Financial Secretary to deal with it.

What about the people?

Thursday December 08, 2016

“MARK BROWN AND his globe-trotting prime minister Henry Puna have made their mark in the ground against the aronga mana of this country,” a smoke signaller says.

Law should apply to all

Wednesday December 07, 2016

I don’t agree with the tourist who wrote to CI News claiming that tourists are being singled out by the police for not wearing motorcycle helmets, a smoke signaller says.

PM tracking device

Wednesday December 07, 2016

INSPIRED BY A story in Monday’s CI News, a smoke signaller writing under the name, “Puff Puff,” has come up with an interesting idea: “Would it not be a practical idea to fit one of the shark tags on to the Prime Minister? We would always know where to find him.”

Are we still a democracy?

Monday December 05, 2016

THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES of our western democratic system are: “For the people, of the people, by the people,” a smoke signaller says.

Muri ultimatum a big fail for DPM

Thursday December 01, 2016

LAST YEAR ICI minister Teariki Heather gave an ultimatum to all commercial businesses operating along the Muri lagoon:

“IT IS JUST appalling that no sooner is the PM back on the island, he turns right around and is back on the plane overseas,” a smoke signaller says.

Other issues at play

Thursday November 24, 2016

“Forget about the impact of imports! There are larger variables at play affecting rugby and other codes, number one being a declining population and general disinterest in playing sport these days,” a smoke signaller says.

A smoke signaller says it’s interesting what Tupapa MP George Maggie is able to accomplish without being a cabinet minister, when another MP claims he had to cross the floor to become a minister in order to be able to do community services in his constituency.

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