Young Georgia cares about our environment

Monday June 12, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Georgia Short is a Rarotonga girl, through and through. 17060915 Georgia Short is a Rarotonga girl, through and through. 17060915

Georgia might not yet by 19, but she has already been a mother to many… chickens. Some even have names, such as Bob and Kevin!


Georgia’s love of chickens extends to the environment and if there is one thing she would change if she could it would be minimising the amount of pollution that enters our environment, be that in the air or our waterways and oceans.

A Rarotonga girl through and through, Georgia was educated here and studied mostly sciences (physics and chemistry) together with agriculture and horticulture at college. Turangi is home turf for her.

Georgia loves reading, mostly mysteries, crime and Harry Potter novels. Her favourite sport is volleyball and she has been a member of the National Indoor Volleyball Team. Her favourite movie is Fantastic Beasts.

Georgia’s love of reading doesn’t stop at novels, part of her job involves reading weather patterns. She is the first female meteorological officer I have ever met in the Cook Islands, a fascinating career. Her background in sciences is no doubt proving very useful.

Georgia wants to further her chosen career and extend her knowledge of meteorology through further study. She’s determined to better understand, observe and forecast the earth’s atmospheric wonders and how they affect earth and our daily life in the Cook Islands.

One of the downsides to being a meteorologist is the relatively small group of people you work with and the relative solitude. Someone needs to be on duty 24 hours a day and every hour on the hour a report is sent to the air traffic control tower.

Joining the pageant has allowed Georgia to meet new people and she’s loving that.


Name: Georgia Short

Birth date: December 25, 1998

Height: 175cm

Island/Village: Turangi

School/Work: Te Uki Ou, St Joseph’s, Titikaveka College, Tereora College; Cook Islands Meteorological Service

Family: Youngest of four

Role model: Michelle Obama

Occupation: Meteorological Officer

Hobbies: Reading and volleyball (former CI indoor volleyball rep)

Favourite food: Laksa soup

Favourite flower: Tipani

Favourite colour: Green

I would describe my style as: Casual

A lot of people won’t know this about me: I’ve raised a lot of chickens

            - Jaewynn McKay

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