Weather experts from small island developing states in the Pacific have gathered in Rarotonga this week to look at improving climate services in the region.
Rarotonga and Aitutaki airports are about to be given a technical work-over to identify potential upgrades as part of the Government's National Sustainable Development Plan (2011-2015).
NUKU’ALOFA.— Representatives of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu attended a regional workshop last week in Tonga to discuss the future of Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) in the region.
Apart from blowing off part of a roof in Aitutaki, Tropical Cyclone Mike caused little damage as it passed quickly through the Southern Cooks, authorities say.
Tropical Cyclone Ian is still lingering to the north of Tonga but has altered its course, meaning the Cook Islands could be in for nasty weather this weekend.
Cyclone Ian is continuing to move slowly away from Tonga towards Fiji but looks likely to come within 300km of the Cook Islands by this weekend.
While Cyclone Ian is still slow moving, north west of Tonga, the community is still being urged not to be complacent and always be prepared for any natural disasters.