Tests of water quality around Rarotonga showed that there were unsatisfactory levels of faecal content at all stream sites after last month’s heavy rains.
The Seabed Minerals commissioner, Paul Lynch, new director of the National Environment Service, Nga Puna, Crown counsel Alex Herman and chief financial controller for the Cook Islands Investment Corporation Allan Jensen paid a visit to Wellington last month.
The Cook Islands has enjoyed, or suffered, depending on how you look at it, massive growth in the past 30 years. Tourism numbers continue to rise, while infrastructure struggles to cope. This article, based on one taken from the resilience.org website, provides some stark warnings about what to expect if growth continues unchecked. It may be useful for Cook Islands decision makers who want to learn about the consequences of our endless search for economic growth and for people looking for ways of doing things differently.
The Adaptation Fund Cook Islands programme – aimed at strengthening national and local capacity for monitoring and decision making to reduce risks associated with climate change - launched its first outreach in Aitutaki last month.
The upgrade of the Rarotonga Resource Recovery Centre is expected to draw attention and get people to fill a number of vacant positions at the landfill.
After the successful completion of Jessie Tepora Nicholson’s internship earlier this year, Te Ipukarea Society has now employed Charlee McLean as an intern for a two-month period. Charlee is from Vaimaanga, and went to school at Avarua Primary, spending four years of high school in Perth, Australia before returning home to Rarotonga.