Rubbish, roosters and hens ‘unacceptable’

Friday September 15, 2017 Published in Letters to the Editor
The number of chooks on Rarotonga has drawn a complaint from two New Zealand visitors. 17091429 The number of chooks on Rarotonga has drawn a complaint from two New Zealand visitors. 17091429

We have just returned to New Zealand after another holiday of many in Rarotonga over the years.

 

 Our previous visit was five years ago and the now the island has become so much busier with tourists and traffic which many will view as a good thing.

What isn’t so good however, is the increase in rubbish, and the chooks that are now totally out of control.

The noise from the roosters and hens, the nuisance and the excrement they leave everywhere is unacceptable to tourists and needs urgent attention.

If you are looking to attract quality visitors the Cook Islands Government needs to divert some of the windfall from the increased tourist numbers to get on top of both of these issues as they combine to make your beautiful island look “third world”.

            Pete and Sue Jenkins

            Wellington,

            New Zealand

Editor’s note: The increase in rubbish has been noted and commented on by other visitors.  Many organisations and individuals on the island are doing their best to bring it under control. It’s the first time CINews has seen a complaint about the proliferation of chooks, but we suspect reducing the island’s hen and rooster population might be in the realms of “Mission Impossible”.

 

 

1 comment

  • Comment Link James Glinski Monday, 18 September 2017 09:45 posted by James Glinski

    Trash can be made into biochar and improve the soil greatly for thousands of years . making lemonade out of lemons ! Many times islands can have a food problem this will really help and for cosmetically improving the grass for the guest and community. Free makes a place greatly !.

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