Environment

Dear Editor,

My grandfather always told me, not to trust politicians, and only believe half of what you read. I now believe this completely.

Local non-government organisations Te Ipukarea Society and Kōrero O Te ‘Ōrau recently sourced funding for an independent legal opinion on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019. This is the fourth in a series of articles outlining key points raised in the 51-page opinion.

The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) hosted a two day consultation on the draft Cook Islands Aquaculture Development Plan 2019-2023 this week.

The question of whether treated wastewater should be dispersed of on land or into the ocean was the focus of a public meeting in Muri last week.

A study is underway in Rarotonga to develop options to manage flooding impacts in the Muri catchment area and sediment runoff into the lagoon.

Te Ipukarea Society held their 23rd Annual General Meeting this week, marking 24 years since the Society was formed in 1996.

The harvest strategy approach to tuna fisheries management was the focus of a two-day workshop hosted by the Ministry of Marine Resources, Tu’anga o te Pae Moana last week.

E-waste collections are not done annually and the general public is urged to take their final e-waste materials to the Cook Islands General Transport (CIGT) in the next two weeks.

Te Ipukarea Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting this coming Thursday,  May 23, at the University of the South Pacific at 5pm.

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