The Opposition is calling out the government and Cook Islands Tourism Corporation’s chief executive Halatoa Fua for making “fishy” comments about the deteriorating state of Muri lagoon.
Despite the growing masses of sludgy green algae blanketing large areas of Muri lagoon, Cook Islands Tourism is adamant visitors can swim there without any risk to health.
Calling environmental concerns over Muri Lagoon a “national disaster” was simply an attempt by government to snatch the $800,000 set aside for dealing with the aftermath of cyclones, claims lawyer and politician Norman George.
Titikaveka landowners have forced a stop to construction of a new road being built inland to enable the laying of water mains for Te Mato Vai project, saying what the government has done so far regarding the road is illegal.
Muri beach and lagoon are considered the crown jewels of Rarotonga – but there are now deep concerns whether this magnificent stretch of sand and water is beyond saving.