A site visit was carried out between the Ministry of Heath and the National Environment Service (NES) to the piggery on the back road in Ngatangiia the week before Christmas last year.
“However we are unable to close the piggery or discuss options as the owner – Piakura – is overseas for the festive holidays,” said NES advisory and compliance manager Vavia Tangatataia.
The man’s grandson is apparently looking over the pigs in his absence.
“It was then decided that we wait until the owner himself gets back from his holiday then we discuss the issue with him.”
Takamoa Theological principal Reverend Iana Aitau told CI News in October he had accepted the fate of the piggery he managed in Turangi, which was closed by Public Health and the National Enviroment Service.
The stench of effluent permeated the air, pools of raw sewerage were visible in a taro patch next to the caged pigs, and two large piles of burning tyres lie to the right-hand side of the operation – releasing a toxic soup of pollutants.
Importantly, every time there was a heavy downpour of rain the effluent could run easily into the stream and out to sea.
Meanwhile, this smaller piggery continues to contaminate Turangi stream with effluent, with one tourist saying he will not return to Rarotonga until something is done.
Reports of the larger piggery sparked outrage in the community, and came as the problem of algae growth in Muri lagoon due to increased nutrient levels intensified.