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Hundreds of locals, tourists and even visiting footballers joined together to Clean Up the Cook Islands yesterday.
Some companies and government agencies gave their staff time of work to help with the clean-up.
Environment Service senior officer Moana Tetauru said if past years were an indicator, the clean-up could have gathered up as much as five tonnes of garbage.
Cook Islands’ renowned whale expert Nan Hauser is calling for greater awareness around whale protection in the hope of developing legal protections.
For 60-year-old Simo Simo, his watermelon farm is his livelihood. He says it takes him nearly every month to ensure the creeping plants on its boundaries don’t affect his plantation.
New turtle society Te Ara O Te Onu, is making headway with turtle research in Rarotonga with a goal to find out what the turtle population looks like in our waters.