Starting from Tuoro, Nikao Beach and the seawall, the group made their way down to the Social Centre, picking up litter, domestic rubbish and other refuse before sorting the items for transport to the recycling centre.
The New Zealand-based airline’s international “Greenteam” is made up of around 3000 employees who regularly volunteer their time to undertake sustainability initiatives in local communities.
“We consider ourselves the people’s airline and therefore it’s important to us that we give back to the community,” said Marisa Newman, Air New Zealand country manager for the Cook Islands.
“It’s sad that so much litter is left on such a beautiful beach, but we are all about the solution, and after some discussion amongst our team about how we could best contribute, the decision was made to clean up Nikao Beach.”
“Our beaches are a key reason visitors come to the Cook Islands and we want to ensure they can enjoy a clean and pristine beach.”
Another Greenteam clean-up is already in the planning stages.