“It is progress and it means more money for Muri and Rarotonga. People who actually live in Muri would like to see Muri become the financial centre of Rarotonga, just like Honolulu in Hawaii, and sand mining contributes to this - especially as it establishes employment for our young people. So if you don’t live in Muri and your making comments, then you need to get lost!
LIABILITY’S THE WORD
According to one world-weary smoke signaller, the definition of a CIP slush fund is the Employers Liability Insurance Scheme and Workers Compensation Fund. “I guess they’ve got to get funds from somewhere!”
Seen at the market on Saturday, our jet-setting prime minister, Henry Puna fresh from visits to Tahiti and Fiji. “He didn’t appear to be interested in buying anything,” one stallholder said. “Maybe he just wanted to show that he does call in at his own country occasionally.”
ALL CLEAR ON LAGOON FRONT
It is hard to believe that we can be told the lagoon has only two years to live and now it is crystal clear, a smoke signaller says. “Well so the photo in the paper suggests, unless it is more government propaganda to support their excuses as to why they’re going to put the reticulation system on hold for another five to eight years, like last time. Meanwhile MMR has another expert here to give more advice that they won’t follow, just like they have over the past five to eight years.”
LEAVE THEM TO IT
After seeing a smoke signaller’s complaint about drinkers blocking off the western entrance to the wharf with their vehicles, another signaller reckons the hard working fishermen should be left alone. “They deserve a cold one at the end of the day.”
SOMEONE MUST PAY
Aitutaki Power is a government entity, so they must contribute to the government coffers, a smoke signaller says. “Who pays the salaries of people who work there?”
JEWEL IS LACKING
The jewel in the crown is lacking diamonds Mr PM. The golden mile is chaotic and in dire need of a decent road. Please protect all our lovely visitors who keep bread on our tables.
Part of the roadway takes a couple of dips so hang on to your tiara and, oh, your false teeth!