The authority has an overseas company interested in making an application to explore the seabed minerals resources in the Cook Islands.
As part of the company’s background work, it has been given special approval under the SBM Act to access and analyse the Cook Islands Seabed Minerals samples stored at NIWA in Wellington.
NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, established to undertake scientific research and related activities.
The deep sea mineral samples were collected by the institute during surveys done in Cook Islands waters back in the 1970s and 1980s.
Part of the access requirements that the Seabed Minerals Authority is applying to the company involves the sharing of all research results and for a suitable Cook Islands person to be nominated to participate in that complex scientific analysis, as the Cook Islands national counterpart.
This is to ensure that the Cook Islands learns and builds capacity as the national deep sea minerals sector develops.
Existing graduates or tertiary students can be considered for nomination. They should have suitable technical background have studied in the Earth sciences, geology or the marine area.
Those interested should contact the Seabed Minerals Authority on 29193 with their questions and CVs. Email contact is on the website http://www.seabedmineralsauthority.gov.ck.