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.

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.

THIS IS WHAT a 5mB hard drive looked back in 1956. Today, a portable hard-drive that fits in your back pocket can hold two terabytes, about 400,000 times more space than the first hard drive. And it can cost less than $60.

Definition of ‘sugary’

Friday October 14, 2016

seems rather randomTHIS SIGNALLER UNDERSTANDS that levies were originally put on sugary drinks in an effort them more expensive and hopefully less attempting to buy.

Great ideas on water issues

Thursday October 13, 2016

TEMU OKOTAI HAS raised some issues in relation to Te Mato Vai. He recommends more water tanks for homes in order to increase storage capacity.


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.

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