Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals are remarks and observations that range from the serious to the sarcastic. Typically anonymous, these quips capture the community's notes on life and events in the Cooks, or what's echoing over the Coconut Wireless. Smoke Signals and interesting island photos can be sent by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or text to 188, or call the newsroom on 22999.


Friday March 09, 2018

Who’s catching what?


Tuesday March 06, 2018

UN issue continuing to get silent treatment

How dare she

Friday March 02, 2018

Pastor Ngarima George is right about the NZ PM!


Thursday March 01, 2018

Conflicts of interest at passing of tax amnesty bill

Holiday homes for visiting elderly

Friday February 23, 2018

Regarding the viability of retirement homes on Rarotonga, a smoke signaller writes:

Happy tax day

Tuesday February 20, 2018

It’s the 20th today. So happy to be paying about $30,000 in VAT and PAYE to RMD, knowing the politicians will spend it wisely on their travel, and that other businesses who should be paying their share are not. Real happy, NOT.

With Banana Court now closed a smoke signaller wonders how long it has been since Friday-night revellers on Rarotonga didn’t have the option of a drink at the famous nightspot. Can anyone remember a time (apart from during cyclones) when the historic building was closed?

The government has figured out a new way to waste our money.

No crew in sight

Friday February 09, 2018

Under an agreement made with the court, the operators of the ill-fated vessel Tiare Taporo were supposed to provide a crew from New Zealand to sail the ship out of Avatiu harbour whenever it seems likely a cyclone or big storm could strike.

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