Demo take on numbers
To put minds at rest, says a Smoke Signaller in the know, there were about 480 people who attended the Democratic Party launch some weeks ago….this included all representatives and supporters from the 10 punas on Rarotonga, and candidates and supporters from Pukapuka, Penrhyn, Aitutaki, Mauke and Atiu. The Outer Islands candidates of Mitiaro, Rakahanga, Manihiki and Mangaia were back on their respective islands .Kete Ioane of Vaipae/ Tautu and Apii Piho of Manihiki were connected by live broadcast phone call and spoke to the nation. Te Au O Tonga, the host of the night also hosted food stalls outside the Auditorium and they came in force with their candidates and supporters. A very successful night as the party launched its new policies and website to the people.
Pot holes symptomatic
Last week the road crew travelled around Rarotonga and filled all the potholes with finely chipped metal but no tar emulsion. Rain followed and within 24 hours the potholes were back but bigger. No, the writer is not a Demo wanting to shame the CIP. No matter who runs the show come July we will still have the same leadership vacuum that allows public servants year after year to do mediocre work and never be brought to task. If a leader were to require professional results from the public service he or she would never be voted in again. The system is broken, it matters little who is in charge.
There are two portly elderly men going around saying they are locals. The thing is the locals can see right through them and this has nothing to do with the fact that neither of them has a drop of Cook Islands blood in them.
Tourists, chill out
I keep seeing tourists speeding on our roads. Yesterday, the driver of a red Toyota rental car performed two dangerous overtaking manoeuvres between the airport and golf course, then tailgated a car. Presumably, tourists come here to relax? Why not start by taking your foot of the pedal and chilling out. You’re not in Auckland anymore. Like locals should be doing, stick to the speed limits and keep our roads safe.