This weekly column is supplied by Te Ipukarea Society and covers environmental and conservation issues of interest to the Cook Islands.

THE SIZE of marine protected areas or “fishing exclusion zones” around islands is the final decision to be confirmed by Cabinet before Marae Moana, the Cook Islands Marine Park is legally designated.

Landfill most viable rubbish option

Tuesday January 17, 2017

An INVESTIGATION into alternative methods of rubbish disposal has concluded that a landfill remains the most viable option for waste disposal in Rarotonga.

Te IPUKAREA Society director Kelvin Passfield says the Ministry of Marine Resources’ negative reaction to an online tracking map of longline fishing vessels “is a very one-sided opinion”.

NZ engineers checking bridges

Wednesday November 30, 2016

TWO NEW ZEALAND engineers are on Rarotonga conducting an inspection trip to check on the condition of bridges around the island.

How to conserve bigeye tuna stocks

Monday November 28, 2016

World Fisheries Day for 2016 came and went on Monday, November 21.

Scientific data is pointing to ground water nutrient discharge being responsible for 81 per cent of Disolved Inorganic Nitrogen (DIN) in Muri Lagoon.

Working hard to reduce waste

Monday November 21, 2016

TE IPUKAREA Society Project Officer Liam Kokaua visited the Cook Islands General Transport (CIGT) Recycle Centre this week to see the work they are doing to reduce the amount of rubbish going into our Rarotonga landfill.

When Metua Aerenga heard from his brother about a community garden near his home in Mangere, he decided to check it out.

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