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Smoke Signals


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Wednesday April 05, 2017

PM on the bandwagon, but action speaks louder than words

“It’s good to see PM jump on the bandwagon on Muri lagoon issue, but we all understand it’s actions that speak louder than voices,” a smoke signaller says.


Tuesday April 04, 2017

Mining their own business

To the people complaining about the sand mining in Muri, there is no reason to complain, a smoke signaller reckons.


Monday April 03, 2017

Fooled about stairs

What a great April Fools Day story regarding the green stairway at the courthouse.


Sunday April 02, 2017

Rowdy party buses and traffic taking away our peace

I admire the New Zealand government for not allowing electric bikes to spoil the beauty and serenity of the peaceful Tongariro National Park, a smoke signaller says.

Carved archway wonderful work

Thursday March 30, 2017

Heartfelt thanks to Mike and Awhitia Tavioni for carving such a magnificent RSA memorial archway that takes my breath away each time I drive by.

Frequent customers of the Land Division of the Ministry of Justice may not be thrilled with the recently-announced decision to close the doors on Tuesdays while Land Division staff are in “training”, a smoke signaller observes.


Tuesday March 28, 2017

We’ve got to stop removing that sand

We’ve had large scale sand mining in Matavera and house-sized holes dug in Muri.

Clearly a lot of finger-pointing already going on with regard to the double murder/suicide in Vaimaanga …

Driver of the week

Thursday March 23, 2017

There are so many contenders for Driver of the Week, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the smoke-signalling judge of the contest to make a decision. However, the winner – or winners, this time are the local pair on a motorbike who rode around the seawall on Sunday evening as it was getting dark, way, way over the speed limit – and with the headlight turned off. Oh, and there were no safety helmets in sight.

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