Solid waste data collection will be the focus of the $1,000 that was awarded to their community last week.
They plan to find the scrap metal, vehicles, e-waste and solid waste and help the community get rid of it, Munro said.
Vaka Pride coordinator Sieni Tiraa said the awards were Cook Islands Tourism’s way of showing their appreciation to the puna and supporting their good work.
For the Takuvaine area, team leader Nooroa Roi said the extra money would go towards more intensive cleaning projects to combat dengue.
“Cleaning will be divided by the five tapere (districts) which are Kaviri, Takuvaine ki Tai, Takuvaine ki Uta, Tauae and Tutakimoa; people within these locations will clean their areas to destroy mosquito breeding sites,” added Roi.
In Titikaveka, tree-trimming has started and the money received will be dedicated to this, to protect passing motorists and vehicles, as well as to cleaning up potential mosquito areas.
Puna chairman Alistair Macquarie promised to retain a canopy over the roads, but just to lift it higher. “We would like to preserve our flamboyant trees which are a landmark for this part of the island.”
The Vaka Pride programme focuses on the acknowledgment of the ongoing and outstanding national response efforts of all the puna on Rarotonga during this COVID-19 crisis, says Tiraa.
Members the committee presented the first round of the $1,000 cash to Takuvaine, Titikaveka and Ruaau, on Friday May 15th.
Last Friday May 22nd, Murienua, Akaoa and Nikao received their grants; Tupapa, Matavera, Ngatangiia and RAPA look forward to theirs on the coming Friday.