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Smoke Signals


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Go on, smoke it!

“This week the newspapers and radio announced a mock government for the purpose of women getting a look at how to sit in parliament and as practice to encourage more women to go for careers in politics,” a smoke signaller says.

Mangaia’s medical storm

Wednesday March 08, 2017

A “perfect storm” refers to a rare combination of events leading to a tragedy.

“I was at the airport last Friday night to see a relative off and noted the Financial Secretary and Cultural Development secretary checking in at the Virgin Australia counter,” a smoke signaller says.

The women’s conference to be held at Parliament later this week, ought to consider extending an invitation to PM Henry Puna, a smoke signaler says.

Complaints about speeding vehicles and bikes, the disregard for road rules and just plain idiotic behaviour on the part of drivers is unlikely to be addressed anytime soon, a smoke signaler reckons.

The failure of government to distribute $500,000 in cash money, sitting in the bank for the benefit of inter-island shipping is astonishing.

“What’s with the cover-up of SuperBrown, the sponsor’s jersey by the Avatiu Eels Premier’s team during last weekend’s grudge match, a smoke signaller wants to know.

It was interesting reading that Infrastructure Cook Islands has spent the last year working so hard on a strategic plan for the future.

One (or more) bad apple

Tuesday February 28, 2017

A smoke signaller says that over the weekend he was overcome with a temptation that he reckons even Adam and Eve could not have resisted.

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