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.

Government should fix it

Thursday July 27, 2017

Regarding the land court notices in CINews on Tuesday, I’m shocked to read about the many ‘applications for succession’ that are 15-16 years old. If it’s due to staff or resources issues, then the government of the day should fix it! Such unacceptable delays do not help those landowners wishing to utilize their land.

“It was indeed enlightening to listen to the Minister of Health speaking during the 2017 Health Budget debate with regard to medical referrals to New Zealand,” a smoke signaller says.

Watch out for these

Wednesday July 19, 2017

A smoke signaller has given more details about the two dogs allegedly killing cats in Betela. “According to an eyewitness, the brown skinny dog has a black back and the black dog has long hair.”

Lock up your cats

Tuesday July 18, 2017

A Betela resident wants to alert pet owners in the area that there are two cat killer dogs roaming the area – and they’re working together. “About a week ago they killed my neighbour’s cat and this morning they killed my cat. Both attacks happened about 7am. One dog is black the other brown. Both medium to large in size.” 

Try another engine

Tuesday July 11, 2017

No doubt we residents of Ngatipa are grateful that Action Man blows away the rubbish on the road on a regular basis, but one wonders if there are any four-stroke leaf blowers for sale on the island, a smoke signaller says. “It’s hard to decide what’s more irritating, the leaves on the side of the road or the ear-splitting whine from the leaf-blowing machine.

Our new road markings are a start, but let’s not stop there. We urgently need signs around the island to alert tourists to one-way lanes and exits, a smoke signaller says.

“I would like to respond to the negative ‘Blast at the past,’ smoke signal regarding Papa Dan, printed in CI News several weeks ago,” a smoke signaller writes.

Hats off to Ben Haurua who took charge of the traffic hold-up at Panama the other day when a tanker hauler broke down straddling both lanes of the main road.

Fines should quieten noisy dogs

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Dog problem. If the police start giving out fines to households for breaking the law concerning dogs maybe we will see more Dog Officers than Traffic Officers.

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