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.

Congratulations are in order for Bluesky staff who have been working hard to ensure services are restored as soon as possible.

Give them medals

Friday November 03, 2017

The crew of the Te Kukupa deserve congratulations for the rescue of a yachtsman they carried out in rough weather 390 nautical miles southwest of the Cook Islands this week. These guys, led by Tepaki Baxter, regularly put their lives on the line to save others. Well done, all of you! I reckon you deserve a medal.

Cheap roading fix

Thursday November 02, 2017

A local wag has come up with an easy solution for filling the potholes that are rapidly proliferating around the island – fill them with purumu!  Only trouble is, it would wash out in heavy rain –but then so do ICI’s patch repairs.

You have to feel sorry for Bluesky in their current predicament following Friday’s fire at the Aroa cell site.

Did anyone else notice that Finance minister Brown looked rather crestfallen during a television interview about the government’s plans to pursue a seat on the United Nations?

New York her new home?

Monday October 23, 2017

Congratulations to former Health secretary Elizabeth Iro for scoring such an exalted position. So where will the newly appointed Chief Nurse Officer to the World Health Organization be based? New York? Brisbane? Timbuktu?

Last week I saw a Facebook alert by police about a runaway and read that this guy was likely to commit more crimes while on the run.

In his most recent Saturday column Thomas Wynne only seems to have woken up now after a test and has realised he is obese. But people don’t need to be tested to see if they are obese, because it’s usually blindingly obvious.

A close encounter of the worst kind

Thursday September 28, 2017

Driver of the Week: The local person behind the wheel of a newish silver Suzuki 4WD who passed another car outside The Beachcomber Building on Monday at around 10.30 and came very close to running me over as I walked alongside the building – well off the road.

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