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.

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?

Yes please, clean up Nikao

Saturday July 29, 2017

I for one think it fine if those who believe in God think that particular Spirit is female, male or transgender.

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.” 

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