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.

It is good news that roads in Matavera are being repaired, but as the Road Safety Council has already pointed out, these measures are unlikely to last because the potholes that have been filled with gravel and topped up with tar will be back to their original state after the next few decent torrential downpours, a smoke signaller says.

To Wilkie Rasmussen, you are right in your weekly column printed in CI News on May 22, but the past is history,” a smoke signaller says.”

History lessons lacking

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Regarding Anna Bayne’s letter to the paper about local Cook Islands history being in our school curriculum, I believe she is incorrect.

Never-ending project

Monday May 22, 2017

Exactly what is happening with the Te Mato Vai water mains project, a smoke signaller asks.

“Does anyone remember the tax amnesty – the one the PM declared just before Christmas last year,” a smoke signaller asks.

Leave space for others

Friday May 12, 2017

Parking space can be at a premium when there’s a busy day at the court, a smoke signaller says. “However, the problem could be solved if only everyone chose to angle park, rather than park sideways and take up an unfair amount of room.”

Unbelievable. I have never come across such “intentional dishonesty’’ with banks and what they store in their ATM machines.

PM Puna opts to be seen at an Auckland Anzac parade, rather than stay an extra day here in Rarotonga and attend our own fantastic parade, a smoke signaller says.

When it comes to Albert he has cut the grass of whom? John Henry? Fancy the CIP not

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