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A new initiative is underway to look at options and discuss ideas to manage waste in the Northern Group. Hilary Boyes, Waste Management Co-ordinator at ICI, on assignment with Volunteer Services Abroad, and Yitiri Akama, Project Engineer (support person) will travel with the barge leaving this weekend for the islands of Palmerston, Nassau, Pukapuka, Manihiki, Rakahanga and Penrhyn.
The Nassau Fishing Association opened its new club building on Thursday last week, marking the end of a two-year journey of love for the fishermen of Nassau.
The Pukapuka Community on Rarotonga will be holding a fundraising walk from Ngatangiia to Punanga Nui Market this morning for their son Tuarii SV Turaki, who once upon a time was the poster boy for Cook Islands Tourism.
The opening of the new Atiu crop bank offers the island the opportunity to bring back yam, taro, sweet potatoes, bananas and many other crops that have been lost, says Agriculture minister Rose Brown.
Calls for water safety training and better visitor education have been echoed by the Aitutaki community, amid sad reflections on the family tragedy that has hit their island recently.
Government is aware and wary of the risk that the northern group islands face with below normal rainfall and drought conditions forecast over the next three months.
The Ministry of Culture failed to take advantage of Taio Shipping Services’ final subsidised voyage for the year to the northern islands, opting instead to pay an extra $200,000 for a load of fuel and dangerous goods to be transported on the Cook Islands Towage barge Layar Mas, says company owner Tapi Taio.
Weeks after the last visiting Te Maeva Nui teams from the pa enua were farewelled from Rarotonga, a large amount of their cargo is still on the wharf, waiting to be transported to the northern islands.