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.


Wednesday October 12, 2016

A SMOKE SIGNALLER wants to know who gets to keep the frequent flier air-mile points that the prime minister must be racking up during his regular trips overseas?

Bad-parking fairies at it again

Monday October 10, 2016

ONE OF THE great joys of living on Rarotonga is the fact we can park our motorbikes and motorscooters pretty much anywhere we like.

It’s a road, not a rubbish dump

Monday October 10, 2016

AS I WAS DRIVING along the Ara Metua in Turangi, I saw this unsightly pile of rubbish left right in the middle of the road,” a smoke signaller says.

“I HAVE READ about tourists riding around three and even four to a bike,” a smoke signaller says.


Wednesday October 05, 2016

DURING FRIDAY MORNING’S deluge a person wanting information tried to telephone the Ministry of Marine Resources at about 9.15am.

Leave stonefish alone

Monday October 03, 2016

HERE WE GO again… Now some masters of the universe want to remove all the stone fish to the other side of the reef. Who are you people to go and disturb their habitat? It is their season so bear with them. Look where you are going: That’s why God gave us eyes. Don’t anybody tell me the tourists won’t come again because we have stonefish. I would choose our environment over tourists, anytime. 


Friday September 30, 2016


THE BEHAVIOUR OF motorists and other road users on the island is becoming increasingly bizarre and extremely dangerous, a smoke signaler says.


Wednesday September 28, 2016

Road silliness still happening

No justice in this

Tuesday September 27, 2016

WELL IT’S BEEN a couple of months since the last tutaka and clearly the Ministry of Justice has ignored the warning notice they got from Public Health to do something about the used tyres that are laid down to cushion the vakas in the parking area. They continue to breed mosquitos by the millions.

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