Keeping it clean

Wednesday June 10, 2020 Written by Published in Local

The waves of World Oceans Day will spill out for weeks culminating in a big beach-clean-up.

Te Ipukarea Society’s Kate McKessar said this would be about getting the community together to understand the impacts humans have on our oceans.

McKessar said World Oceans Day was a big event in their calendar because oceans are so precious and important to the people of the Cook Islands – a country that is 99.99 per cent water.

On Saturday, June 20, they are organising a big family-friendly beach clean-up event from 8.30am-midday.

McKessar said: “This is a repeat of the very successful event held at the Rarotongan Sailing Club where over 200 people participated and a huge amount of rubbish was collected.”

She said boats and stand-up paddle boards would be available to take people over to the four motu and divers can help clean up in the Avana passage.

“Like last year, it is jointly hosted between Te Ipukarea Society and Muri Environment Care Group.  We also have the assistance of turtle NGO Te Ara o te Onu to help celebrate Cook Island turtles with the release of Ponu the rescue turtle this coming Sunday,” she said.

She added that Te Ipukarea Society’s Gold corporate sponsor CITC, has kindly offered to sponsor the free sausage sizzle afterwards and has put up some great spot prizes too. 

Please contact Te Ipukarea Society if anyone would like to donate spot prizes or recycled sacks to collect rubbish on the day.

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