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.

Shooting inquiry long time coming

Wednesday December 28, 2016

“Nearly two months have passed and our roaming prime minister still has not called for a Commission of Inquiry into the prison escape and triple shootings,” a smoke signaller says.


Thursday December 22, 2016

“Can POLICE CONFIRM exactly how much a speed fine costs? Can they fine you without using the speed reader?” a smoke signaller asks. “There are too many underlying issues behind these fines and helmet laws.”

“DEAR PUB CRAWL bus owners and operators,” a smoke signaller writes.

Can we do it too?

Friday December 16, 2016

PERHAPS OUR NEW friends at Bluesky, they of the monopoly service, can tell us if we customers who have mobile numbers are allowed to send out spam to hundreds of mobile phones?

THE ARTICLE IN CI News regarding someone who I think is a foreigner stimulating pineapple production on Rarotonga interests me.


Wednesday December 14, 2016

In THE FOUR months that I’ve been driving a motorbike here I’ve had four flat tyres and my partner’s had two.

Shame about waste

Tuesday December 13, 2016

LAST WEEK’S ROTARACT’S Winter Wonderland event on Wednesday was a fantastic family event.

“Hung PARLIAMENT? Let’s hope that situation will not remain so for much longer,” a smoke signaller says.

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.

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