TIS team on Palmerston

Friday May 18, 2018 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Alanna Smith with students from Lucky School in Palmerston. The students carried out exercises relating to using weather reading equipment. PHOTO: TIS. 18051627 Alanna Smith with students from Lucky School in Palmerston. The students carried out exercises relating to using weather reading equipment. PHOTO: TIS. 18051627

A team from Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) visited Palmerston earlier this week.

The stopover at Palmerston was planned as a part of TIS’s trip to remote bird reserve island, Suwarrow.

The group, which also included representatives from the National Environment Service (NES) and BirdLife, left on Saturday afternoon aboard the Lady Moana.

The group will spend around a month on Suwarrow conducting a rat eradication campaign, using methods designed to stop coconut crabs from devouring the rat bait.

While on Palmerston, the group visited the island’s only school, Lucky School. The visit included lessons on using weather reading equipment and discussions about different career opportunities.

There are four main islands in the atoll, with Palmerston being the only inhabited one. It is one of the most isolated island communities in the world. The island is visited by a supply ship only twice a year.

During their short visit the group also surveyed coastal erosion, visited worm farms and composting projects, and observed birdlife.

A TIS spokesman said yesterday that the team had now reached Suwarrow and was preparing to wage war against rats.

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