Under the sea, over the sea

Saturday July 13, 2019 Written by Published in Technology
Rima Browne leaving Wellington with other members of the MV Tangaroa expedition crew. 19071231 Rima Browne leaving Wellington with other members of the MV Tangaroa expedition crew. 19071231

If the Cook Islands goes forward with seabed exploration Rima Browne would be on the front line.


Browne, 24, has just returned from a three-week Open Ocean Exploration survey with New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research on the science ship MV Tangaroa.

Browne is the latest recruit to the Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority and is their new geographic information system officer, in charge of data management and licensing.

First time on a ship, Browne jokes the best part was that they had their own chefs aboard who prepared great meals.

“Work-wise everything was new,” she says.

It was all about observing what was going on and going through data analysis with the scientists on board.

Browne has always been fascinated by science. She says one thing she really likes is sediment profiling to see what’s going on in the water.

“I tried to get involved with everything that I could get involved in because these kinds of expeditions are what the Cook Islands Seabed Mineral Authority is trying to get into in the future.”

During seabed expeditions Browne collects data to be able to analyse the opportunities for an economy in seabed mining here in the Cook Islands.

She says it’s awesome to see what kind of work could be happening in our own waters and the level and quality of the work that can be done.

Browne has been able to attend regional Pacific deep sea minerals workshops and has been a part of the Cook Islands delegation at the international seabed minerals authority in Jamaica.

Born and raised in Rarotonga, she lives in Nikao. She is a former student of Tereora College and was awarded a scholarship to study at university.

In 2017 she graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of science, majoring in Geography.

Research ship MV Tangaroa. 19071249


Over university breaks she got to come back to Rarotonga and work with Cook Islands infrastructure to gain some work experience with them.

For the past 14 months she has been building on her knowledge at the Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority.

Seabed Minerals commissioner Paul Lynch says it’s great to have young Cook Islanders progressing in their careers.

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