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.

So just who’s the boss?

Thursday November 03, 2016


“IT'S A SIGHT I haven’t seen before on a Sunday, but it was great to see the police mount a checkpoint just past the airport last weekend,” a smoke signaller says.


Wednesday November 02, 2016

Regarding THE BREAK and enter of one of the huts at the Punanga Nui market over the weekend, I am just curious to know where was the taxpayer-funded security? And then, despite the heavy floodlights surrounding the area, surely movement around the place is evident?

Drug tests needed

Monday October 31, 2016

CAN WE PLEASE Institute random drug checks for our “honourable” Members of Parliament?

Pay police more

Friday October 28, 2016

I one hundred per cent agree with the smoke signaller who said our police officers deserve a wage increase. I hear they get paid peanuts and it is barely a liveable income. Why are our police severely underpaid and withheld from a well-deserving, and fully justifiable income? And not to forget the police are in need of much better resources, especially after last week’s incident.


Thursday October 27, 2016

A SMOKE SIGNALLER says a trigger lock is the best possible solution to curb the issue with guns.

AFTER LAST WEEK’S tragic event with the police being called into the most dangerous of incidents. I think it is time for the government to address the issue of police funding,

Police deserve praise

Thursday October 20, 2016

Some of the comments about the police made on social media after Tuesday’s tragic shootings were ill-informed, obscene and in some cases, downright stupid, a smoke signaller says.

Hair raising price for cuts

Wednesday October 19, 2016

WHILE OVERSEAS ON holiday I went in for a haircut and, surprisingly, it cost me $8 for a clean cut. Back home on Rarotonga, it’s a different story.

Rubbish trucks live up to name

Monday October 17, 2016

A FEW months ago, as we were discussing rubbish recycling, I commented to work colleagues that it was my opinion that trucks collecting rubbish “bled” rubbish back onto the sides of the roads as there seemed to be more rubbish on the sides of the roads after they had been thru' than before.

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