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Go on, smoke it!

When it comes to Albert he has cut the grass of whom? John Henry? Fancy the CIP not

On Monday CI News published a letter from Teina Rongo which said he had applied for the position of senior marine ecologist with MMR.

The building at Avatiu designed for cruise passengers to relax in the shade, is well designed and it looks really attractive, a smoke signaller says.

“Soon coming to see us is a delegation from some city in China who want to build a casino,” a smoke signaller says. “Apparently this is being set up by a local man. Can you please tell us if this visit is supported by our government?”

A smoke signaller has stern words for a person driving a white truck belonging to a well-known local company through the Tupapa area at around 9pm yesterday.

Please tell us about it...

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Regarding the “Kia Orana football festival”, it would be great to hear commentators’ moments of joy and excitement at every game,” a smoke signaller says. “Not that rusty boring music which makes the coverage meaningless.”

“I commend Sue Fletcher-Vea and the Tourism Council for their efforts to getting government and the relevant agencies moving on some of the issues involving tourism,” a smoke signaller says. “We will all benefit from this change.”

Where are water test results?

Friday April 21, 2017

Where are water test results?

Roads not so cool

Thursday April 20, 2017

“There’s no point having pretty scooters or cool racer motorbikes on this island,” an exasperated driver says. “Vehicle centres should only be selling quad bikes and off-road motorbikes since our back road is practically a dirt track, and sadly, our main road is hardly any better.”

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