Environment

Policing our offshore jurisdiction

Saturday January 25, 2020

 We all know about Cook Islands’ offshore trusts industry – but there’s another offshore jurisdiction that’s less well-known. It’s the Ministry of Marine Resources offshore division, that oversees the waters of our exclusive economic zone and beyond.

OPINION: Eradicating rats from our islands will help birds, marine life, and help communities adapt for the climate crisis, writes Alanna Smith from Te Ipukarea Society.

Something in the water

Friday January 24, 2020

Two top New Zealand aquatic ecologists have been brought in to answer public calls for assurance that the new water treatment will be safe for the fish, koura and other small animals living in Rarotonga’s streams. 

Rising temperatures and pollution are harming coral and fish populations and causing the gradual deterioration of our lagoon.

Howard Henry says we are building a rod for our own backs with intensive development causing coastal erosion – making us ever more vulnerable to storms.

From world stage - to tiny Ma'uke

Tuesday January 07, 2020

From Kuala Lumpur with President Barack Obama, to Ma’uke with her family, environmental leader Jackie Rongo has certainly been getting around lately.

Cook Island’s Conservation group, Te Ipukarea Society is urging families to rethink their consumption of plastic products over the summer period.

Cooks at risk from disasters

Monday November 11, 2019

Cook Islands ranks among the world’s worst affected in terms of casualties and people impacted by disasters, the European Commission says. It names Cook Islands as one of the badly-affected Pacific nations.

There is a growing demand from consumers in the Cook Islands for businesses to be more environmentally friendly. 

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