Committed to cleaning up in Aitutaki

Wednesday September 23, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Teking Lagoon Cruises workers keep busy clearing rubbish from motus on Aitutaki. 20092202 Teking Lagoon Cruises workers keep busy clearing rubbish from motus on Aitutaki. 20092202

Across the country, the government wage subsidy has given hope to the unemployed and has been a lifesaver for workers like those in Aitutaki.

A special group who have not passively accepted the subsidy as they wait for the economy to reopen are the employees of Teking Lagoon Tours, says Chair of the Tautu, Ui Mataiapo Dr Roro Daniel.

The company is committed to doing what they can do to help keep the island and motus clean.

Dr Daniel met the boat with bags of rubbish from the motus.

“It has been impressive to see the willingness of these workers to actually ‘earn’ their subsidy by working hard for the betterment of their community,” Dr Daniel said.

“The workers are a credit not just to their employer but to the people of Aitutaki in whose service they have so willingly volunteered.”

The employees volunteered to undertake a range of community labour intensive projects across Aitutaki as a way to express their gratitude for the monetary support.

Owner Teking George said the crew had started removing trash from four motus on Friday.

People heard about the cleaning efforts and 10 extra hands joined the team on Saturday and Monday, he added.

Other projects include a replanting programme on motu Maina to replace coconuts lost recently to fire, cleaning numerous village facilities including the Tautu village and the Tautu wharf and last week assisted with the Vodafone cable laying project. 

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