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Go on, smoke it!

Can Joseph Brider stand up and assure us, all is well in his department? Can he explain why there are “goings-on” on the island that don’t get any pressure from the National Environment Service despite public concern?

Pooches at the Palace

Monday November 20, 2017

It was great to see the police dog patrols organised to round up wandering pooches around the Te Au O Tonga district was a success.

Congratulations are in order for Bluesky staff who have been working hard to ensure services are restored as soon as possible.

Give them medals

Friday November 03, 2017

The crew of the Te Kukupa deserve congratulations for the rescue of a yachtsman they carried out in rough weather 390 nautical miles southwest of the Cook Islands this week. These guys, led by Tepaki Baxter, regularly put their lives on the line to save others. Well done, all of you! I reckon you deserve a medal.

Cheap roading fix

Thursday November 02, 2017

A local wag has come up with an easy solution for filling the potholes that are rapidly proliferating around the island – fill them with purumu!  Only trouble is, it would wash out in heavy rain –but then so do ICI’s patch repairs.

You have to feel sorry for Bluesky in their current predicament following Friday’s fire at the Aroa cell site.

Did anyone else notice that Finance minister Brown looked rather crestfallen during a television interview about the government’s plans to pursue a seat on the United Nations?

New York her new home?

Monday October 23, 2017

Congratulations to former Health secretary Elizabeth Iro for scoring such an exalted position. So where will the newly appointed Chief Nurse Officer to the World Health Organization be based? New York? Brisbane? Timbuktu?

Last week I saw a Facebook alert by police about a runaway and read that this guy was likely to commit more crimes while on the run.

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