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Pub crawl bus noise

Wednesday January 11, 2017

CAN THE POLICE Commissioner tell us if it is legal to drive with extremely loud music playing from your vehicles as happening with these pub crawl buses? I feel sorry for those living next to the main road being subjected to this blaring music.

WITH GOVERNMENT IN a precarious position given the equal numbers on either side of the House, strenuous attempts are apparently being made by the CIP government to persuade coalition opposition MPs to join the vaka-jumping club.

Get your facts correct

Monday January 09, 2017

THE EELS CLUB manager says the writers of two of last week’s smoke signals, headlined “Take a look at yourself first” and “What goes around” need to get their facts right before commenting on things they seem to know nothing about.

THE INCREASED USE of drones on the island is raising questions about invasion of privacy.

ALBERT SHOULD LOOK at himself first. When it comes to poaching players, he is the master. He should also keep in mind that goes around comes around. I believe he poached Takuvaine players and Tupapa players to play for the Avatiu Eels. The same players who he has been abusing on the field. 


Friday December 30, 2016

You HAVE TO feel sorry for the staff at RMD. They work hard to get people to obey the law, and then populist politicians give the few delinquent taxpayers an advantage over those who paid on time. The message is simple: pay off your loan, ignore your tax, then moan to the politicians about penalty tax.


Thursday December 29, 2016

How ABOUT OUR benevolent Cook Islands government?

Shooting inquiry long time coming

Wednesday December 28, 2016

“Nearly two months have passed and our roaming prime minister still has not called for a Commission of Inquiry into the prison escape and triple shootings,” a smoke signaller says.


Thursday December 22, 2016

“Can POLICE CONFIRM exactly how much a speed fine costs? Can they fine you without using the speed reader?” a smoke signaller asks. “There are too many underlying issues behind these fines and helmet laws.”

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