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.

“I see Jetstar is celebrating 14 years of ‘service’,” a smoke signaller says.

We are the most obese nation in the world and one in three of our people have diabetes or heart problems.

Trees better option

Wednesday August 30, 2017

While the nice smooth surface at the Punanga Nui market is nice to stroll down on a cold winter Saturday morning and visitors can get a bit of warmth from the solar heat-collecting black tar, what’s it going to be like in mid-summer?

Thanks to the driver of the yellow sewage truck for spilling the stinky contents of your tanker truck along the Maraerenga main road last Thursday and spoiling lunch for evcryone who was eating outdoors. Talk about “dumping” in the wrong place.

Why are the police picking on tourists and making out they are trying to protect them from harm with all these ridiculous rules on helmets and licences?

Super celebration

Monday August 14, 2017

Well done to all the performers, dancers, singers and drummers who took part in Te Maeva Nui this year. It was a wonderful celebration and every night my expectations were far exceeded. This is why I love the Cook Islands:

If the government is willing to back Pa Ariki in getting the old Sheraton project revived, it means they must have signed up with the Chinese for financial assistance, because Puna only has eyes for them when it comes to selling off our country. 

They should rename the Miss Cook Islands pageant the Miss Rarotonga pageant since only Raro kids don’t know how to speak Cook Islands Maori. One thing that seems to have been missed by organisers and judges is that language is a huge part of our identity. Go figure!

Demo leader playing his old game

Tuesday August 01, 2017

Good to see Smiley Heather living up to his name and his old “say nothing” game as Demo Leader.  One has to ask is his silence a way of supporting his brother DPM Teariki Heather of the CIP?

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