Environment

Two months after the National Environment Service has ordered the owner of an Akaoa property to stop dumping and stockpiling waste on a large area of land near the back road, rubbish is still accumulating there.

Whale washes up in lagoon

Monday June 18, 2018

The body of a five metre-long Cuvier’s beaked whale which washed ashore in the lagoon off Vaimaanga late yesterday morning attracted a small crowd of curious onlookers as it was cut up for later examination.

Archaeologists working on a study of the centuries-old Ara Nui o Toi or Ara Metua (known to locals as “the back road”) have received funding to continue the project for another three years.

The financial regime to operate and protect all revenue made from seabed minerals on behalf of the Cook Islands people should have been completed years ago to follow the Seabed Minerals Act 2009, says former seabed minerals committee chairman, Terepai Maoate.

Providing a reliable and safe supply of water for the people of Rarotonga is the single biggest benefit of the Te Mato Vai project, which is flowing into reality with the new ring main and connections to businesses and residential properties now “live”.

Week six of the Solid Waste Management committee has brought disappointing results, with a WATSAN spokesperson commenting that long weekends seem to bring out the worst in people.

This weekly column is provided by Te Ipukarea Society. It deals with conservation and environmental matters of interest to the Cook Islands.

Director of Biosecurity Service Ngatoko Ta Ngatoko represented the Cook Islands and the South West Pacific countries at the second Implementation and Capacity (IC) Development Committee meeting in Italy late last month.

Pacific maritime researcher Dr Peter Nuttall says more aid money should be put towards sustainable shipping in the region.

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