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Smoke Signals


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Thursday October 18, 2018

The story in last week’s CINews about the prime minister’s trip to Manihiki to open the island’s new airport terminal lacked some vital information.

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Monday November 26, 2018

Freeloaders should all be weeded out...

In response to the feature about foreigners overstaying in paradise in CINews last week, these people don’t pay taxes here and mostly live cheaply in local houses. Two hundred dollars a week doesn’t contribute much to the economy. So what if they buy raffle tickets? Entry to Christmas in the Park is free; you buy food and you would still have to do that in your own country. Our people are kind to you because this is our way, but rules are rules. Time to weed out the overstayers and start giving permanent residency to those who are entitled by marriage, not money.

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Monday February 11, 2019

College better without mobiles

I applaud Tereora College as a parent after reading its recent newsletter. The college is considering banning the use of mobile phones during school times, which will allow more social interaction between students, more empathy and a readiness to learn at the start of lessons.

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Tuesday May 15, 2018

Where in the world is our prime minister this time?

Mouldy Ministry

Monday February 19, 2018

Well, while we wait for the same sad Chinese crew that built the sad courthouse to come and ‘fix’ the place up at the cost of millions, the same sad administration of the Ministry of Justice can’t find the time to clean the nice, fresh mould and slime off the brand-new tile steps that replaced the mouldy and slime-infested old steps. Asleep at the wheel.

I recently read some criticism of George Maggie in CINews. I don’t agree with everything this person was saying about George Maggie because I think Maggie is a great example for the people’s representative and the people in parliament.

This signaller is wondering where or how the tax department gets their information on past tax that is outstanding.

Smoke signaller who was in the departure lounge at Rarotonga International Airport recently says the lounge facilities need to be much more closely monitored.

“It’s good to see the police out conducting random checkpoints all over the island, a smoke signaller says.

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