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.

McCully’s on the move

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Outgoing New Zealand Foreign minister Murray McCully is cramming plenty of travel into his final few months in his long-held position.

Road widening provisions?

Monday March 13, 2017

The seemingly well-laid plans to mount Mike Tavioni’s sculpture at the RSA cemetery may not have considered that, sooner or later, our main road legal width of 10.06 metres must be increased.

“This week the newspapers and radio announced a mock government for the purpose of women getting a look at how to sit in parliament and as practice to encourage more women to go for careers in politics,” a smoke signaller says.

Mangaia’s medical storm

Wednesday March 08, 2017

A “perfect storm” refers to a rare combination of events leading to a tragedy.

“I was at the airport last Friday night to see a relative off and noted the Financial Secretary and Cultural Development secretary checking in at the Virgin Australia counter,” a smoke signaller says.

The women’s conference to be held at Parliament later this week, ought to consider extending an invitation to PM Henry Puna, a smoke signaler says.

Complaints about speeding vehicles and bikes, the disregard for road rules and just plain idiotic behaviour on the part of drivers is unlikely to be addressed anytime soon, a smoke signaler reckons.

The failure of government to distribute $500,000 in cash money, sitting in the bank for the benefit of inter-island shipping is astonishing.

“What’s with the cover-up of SuperBrown, the sponsor’s jersey by the Avatiu Eels Premier’s team during last weekend’s grudge match, a smoke signaller wants to know.

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