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.

SEEMS LIKE THE idea of one rule for some taxpayers and another rule for those close to politicians also applies to the road rules. Spotted driving through town midday on Wednesday of last week, one 18 or 19-year-old daughter of a cabinet minister, on a bike without a helmet.  No worries, it’s who you know, not what you know, that is important in the Crook Islands.

Brown’s tax cut fails to impress

Friday January 20, 2017

FINANCE MINISTER MARK Brown’s promised one per cent tax cut hasn’t impressed one smoke signaller, who has labelled it pathetic.

“I WATCHED WHILE the driver of the rubbish truck indicated to his work mate that the large bag of plastic bottles carefully separated for collection by an environmentally aware business should be tossed into the back of the truck instead of the recycling,”

How about a speed gun?

Monday January 16, 2017

A SMOKE SIGNALLER complains that as he was tootling along towards Blackrock at the legal 40km/h he was almost knocked off his scooter by the whoosh of air created as a helmetless middle-aged local rider zoomed by him at an incredible rate of knots.

WHAT A COINCIDENCE, Henry Puna has gone to Australia and guess what? There is an Elvis Presley Convention on in New South Wales from January 11-15. No sign of the PM on the list of guest artists, though.

CAN THE GOVERNMENT afford to let big companies and failed businesses off the hook by introducing a tax amnesty, and at the same time say it has no money to provide doctors to any of the outer islands? Mangaia lost its doctor recently, replaced by a nurse practitioner.

THE MARINE RESOURCES media propaganda machine is on a roll again.

Pub crawl bus noise

Wednesday January 11, 2017

CAN THE POLICE Commissioner tell us if it is legal to drive with extremely loud music playing from your vehicles as happening with these pub crawl buses? I feel sorry for those living next to the main road being subjected to this blaring music.

WITH GOVERNMENT IN a precarious position given the equal numbers on either side of the House, strenuous attempts are apparently being made by the CIP government to persuade coalition opposition MPs to join the vaka-jumping club.

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