Members of the wider tourism industry gathered this week for a major forum designed to stir up fresh debate and discussion about the country’s number one industry. While there are many reasons to celebrate - visitor numbers are rising at five per cent annually – there are also some significant threats to the sector.
This week, the Cook Islands Investment Corporation has been co-ordinating the large-scale removal of soil from Avarua School, after it was found to be contaminated by asbestos. The truckloads of soil were taken to a site in Arorangi, to be disposed of in a hole dug especially for this purpose.
The Cook Islands Library and Museum Society will hold a special ceremony on Monday to celebrate the society’s 50th anniversary.
After nearly five years of trying to trap, poison and shoot every myna bird on their island, the people of Atiu could be free of the destructive bird within six months.