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.

“OH MY can Albert Nicolas go on CITV dressed in “working gear, dark glasses” and show himself as being an ‘action man’?”

“IT IS WITH complete bewilderment that we read in CI News of Finance minister Brown spouting off about the unprecedented revenue visitor numbers are bringing in to the Cook Islands economy…

Anyone for a game of chess?

Thursday September 15, 2016

BROWN, BROWN, HEATHER, Heather, Pitt, Pitt, Puna, Pawn. No wonder Parliament is a mess. The lines are blurred on the chess board, there is no Bishop and by George, it looks like the Queen has all the moves!

“DRIVING ALONG A back road recently, I rounded a corner and was suddenly caught up in a strong mist of bug spray which was being used on water melons.”

Anyone for Golf?

Tuesday September 13, 2016

IT’S GREAT TO see businesses on the island like the new Mini Golf in Arorangi that provide our young people with activities. I believe these are the kinds of things that keep the younger generation occupied and out of trouble.

Collar says it all...

Tuesday September 13, 2016

SOMEONE needs to tell tourists that if a dog is wearing a collar, but is following you along a road or a beach to your resort, it is hanging around you because you’ve given it food. Chances are that when you drop them off at SPCA or Esther Honey as a “stray”, the kind people there are going to tell you that a universal sign of pet ownership is — you guessed it — a collar.

Swearing on TV not appreciated

Tuesday September 06, 2016

“THE SEVEN DAYS TV programme on Friday night was disgusting, with swearing flowing freely like nobody’s business,” a smoke signaller says.

“Now the corrupt Teina Bishop has been sentenced this should spell the end of OCI as a viable political movement,” a smoke signaler says.

“I COMMEND TANIARA Mataroa for being brave enough to speak up on the issue of our so-called ambassador for the royal council,” a smoke signaller says.

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