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Environment

Leading into Te Maeva Nui and the expected arrival of 2000 extra people on Rarotonga, the National Environment Service, Te Aponga Uira and local schools have banded together in a community-minded waste initiative that will make a real difference to the island environment.

Tuesday June 19 was a special day for the Matavera Fishing Club Association – it marked the blessing of the organisation’s new fishing boat “Rangiatea 2”, funded by the India Grant Fund programme. 

The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) yesterday launched the Cook Islands National Aquatic Biosecurity Strategy, which will serve as a roadmap for setting national standards for imports, exports and for the health management of aquatic species.

Two months after the National Environment Service has ordered the owner of an Akaoa property to stop dumping and stockpiling waste on a large area of land near the back road, rubbish is still accumulating there.

Whale washes up in lagoon

Monday June 18, 2018

The body of a five metre-long Cuvier’s beaked whale which washed ashore in the lagoon off Vaimaanga late yesterday morning attracted a small crowd of curious onlookers as it was cut up for later examination.

The financial regime to operate and protect all revenue made from seabed minerals on behalf of the Cook Islands people should have been completed years ago to follow the Seabed Minerals Act 2009, says former seabed minerals committee chairman, Terepai Maoate.

Providing a reliable and safe supply of water for the people of Rarotonga is the single biggest benefit of the Te Mato Vai project, which is flowing into reality with the new ring main and connections to businesses and residential properties now “live”.

Week six of the Solid Waste Management committee has brought disappointing results, with a WATSAN spokesperson commenting that long weekends seem to bring out the worst in people.

This weekly column is provided by Te Ipukarea Society. It deals with conservation and environmental matters of interest to the Cook Islands.

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