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The opening of the new Atiu crop bank offers the island the opportunity to bring back yam, taro, sweet potatoes, bananas and many other crops that have been lost, says Agriculture minister Rose Brown.
Calls for water safety training and better visitor education have been echoed by the Aitutaki community, amid sad reflections on the family tragedy that has hit their island recently.
Government is aware and wary of the risk that the northern group islands face with below normal rainfall and drought conditions forecast over the next three months.
The Ministry of Culture failed to take advantage of Taio Shipping Services’ final subsidised voyage for the year to the northern islands, opting instead to pay an extra $200,000 for a load of fuel and dangerous goods to be transported on the Cook Islands Towage barge Layar Mas, says company owner Tapi Taio.
Weeks after the last visiting Te Maeva Nui teams from the pa enua were farewelled from Rarotonga, a large amount of their cargo is still on the wharf, waiting to be transported to the northern islands.
A second shipment of drinking water was sent to Penrhyn this week as residents continue to battle a water-shortage problem on the northern-group island.
Development of agriculture on Mitiaro will be the key focus of its Island Government’s new executive officer Charlie Rani.
There were tearful embraces and red-rimmed eyes aplenty at the departure of the Nivaga III for Pukapuka, Nassau, Rakahanga and Penrhyn yesterday – but also smiles, laughter and happy faces too.