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.

Muri ultimatum a big fail for DPM

Thursday December 01, 2016

LAST YEAR ICI minister Teariki Heather gave an ultimatum to all commercial businesses operating along the Muri lagoon:

“IT IS JUST appalling that no sooner is the PM back on the island, he turns right around and is back on the plane overseas,” a smoke signaller says.

Other issues at play

Thursday November 24, 2016

“Forget about the impact of imports! There are larger variables at play affecting rugby and other codes, number one being a declining population and general disinterest in playing sport these days,” a smoke signaller says.

A smoke signaller says it’s interesting what Tupapa MP George Maggie is able to accomplish without being a cabinet minister, when another MP claims he had to cross the floor to become a minister in order to be able to do community services in his constituency.

Unearthly power to see the future

Tuesday November 22, 2016

“Is CINSF chief executive Damien Beddoes crystal ball gazing or does he know something that no one else on planet earth is able to predict?” a smoke signaller asks.

Turn volume down please

Monday November 21, 2016

There needs to be a volume limit or noise control team at the Vaka Eiva trades day. The musicians are awesome and very talented, but it is so hard to enjoy the music when everything is so loud and deafening. Feel sorry for the people working at the stalls. 

Contemptuous of everyone

Friday November 18, 2016

THE CONTEMPT OF court case being brought against a well-known media personality with highly inflammatory views will be interesting.

Why not fly the US flag?

Thursday November 17, 2016

FLYING FLAGS. TO the writer about the removal of US flags - who I believe is a Kiwi, has PR and very lucky to live here in the Cook Islands - why not fly the US flag?

Cost is freight-ening!

Wednesday November 16, 2016

NOW THAT WE have more than adequate shipping service to the outer islands with the arrival of Taio Shipping’s extra boat and also the barge, one would expect a cheaper freight service.

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