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Articles by Te Ipukarea Society

Te Ipukarea Society: International pressure building against the rush to mine the deep sea

Saturday 24 February 2024 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Last week, representatives from 133 member states of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from February 12-17, to discuss measures to protect migratory species on a global scale. The Cook Islands is one of these member states.


Te Ipukarea Society: Tackling waste management challenges

Saturday 17 February 2024 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Summer intern Itirangi Pennycook recently caught up with the Director of Waste Management for Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI), Claytoncy Taurarii, to get an update on our current waste situation.


Te Ipukarea Society: Understanding our stream health through invertebrates

Saturday 10 February 2024 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Last week in our Te Ipukarea Society article, we touched on some of the water quality monitoring that can be done in our streams to help determine if they are healthy or not.


Te Ipukarea Society: Keeping our waterways in check

Saturday 3 February 2024 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Monitoring the quality of our stream water is a useful way to inform us whether some of our land use practices are impacting the health of our freshwater stream ecosystems and eventually our lagoon.


Te Ipukarea Society: Climate change heroes of the deep sea

Saturday 27 January 2024 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Deep seabed mining in Cook Islands could disrupt the ecosystem and harm deep sea creatures like the acorn worm, which plays a vital role in the carbon cycle.


Te Ipukarea Society: Discovering the world of Hawksbill turtles: Fun facts and conservation insights

Saturday 20 January 2024 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

In our aqua blue waters, we are fortunate enough to be graced with the presence of the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle, or Onu Taratara. This week, let’s dive into some fascinating facts about these incredible creatures, shedding light on their lives and the challenges they face.


Te Ipukarea Society: A healthy ocean, more than just a passing FAD

Saturday 13 January 2024 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

In today’s column, we aim to shed light on the use of drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (dFADs) in tuna purse seine fishing, emphasising the ongoing environmental impact.


Te Ipukarea Society: Turtle watch party - Community photos reveal surprising local movements

Saturday 6 January 2024 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Sea turtles are migratory species commonly seen across the Pacific and within the Cook Islands.


Te Ipukarea Society : My turn as an intern: Discovering passion for the environment at Te Ipukarea Society

Saturday 30 December 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

This week’s Te Ipukarea Society article is written by Dreena Teapa, the recipient of the Dame Margaret Karika Memorial Fellowship in 2023 for topping the Year 12 biology at Tereora College. She would however like it noted that she did not come up with the title!


Te Ipukarea Society: Creative ways to reduce waste this Christmas in the Cook Islands

Sunday 24 December 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

It is that time of the year again, the season of gift-giving and yummy kaikais. Together with all the fun and good times spent with family, opening presents and eating more than usual, there will also be an enormous amount of rubbish generated.


Te Ipukarea Society: Deep seabed mining and the emerging risk to our tuna fisheries

Saturday 16 December 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Last week saw the Cook Islands host one of the most significant meetings with respect to the shared tuna stocks in the region.


Te Ipukarea Society 2023 highlights: Local engagement and international impact

Saturday 9 December 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

2023 has been a jam-packed year, with lots of local engagement, off island expeditions, and everyday work.


TIS: Scientists raise alarm over radioactivity risks in polymetallic nodule mining

Saturday 2 December 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Opinion

Is the radioactivity of polymetallic nodules an problem? The simple answer to that question is, we do not know. Yet.


Te Ipukarea Society continues its periodic programme

Saturday 25 November 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Here in the Cook Islands, and more specifically in the Pa Enua, young girls experiencing the menstrual cycle for the first time can find it quite overwhelming.


Te Ipukarea Society: Mauke students engage in waste management and ocean health awareness

Saturday 18 November 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

With the introduction of non-biodegradable equipment and packaging over the past 50 plus years, waste management in the Pa Enua has become very challenging.


Te Ipukarea Society: Deep Rising paints ‘a very different picture around seabed mining’

Saturday 11 November 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

This past week on Tuesday at the Empire Cinema we launched the documentary called Deep Rising. This thought-provoking movie, narrated by Jason Momoa of Aquaman fame, dives down to the depths of the ocean to investigate the future plans for mining the seabed for valuable metals.


Te Ipukarea Society: Citizen science turtle monitoring continues

Saturday 4 November 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Throughout Te Moana nui o Kiva, sea turtles are held in very high regard. The reasons for this vary from their majestic mana passed down through cultural storytelling, to their availability as a source of food.


Te Ipukarea Society: Sustainable alternatives to deep-sea mining for battery production

Saturday 28 October 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

In the quest for a more sustainable future, the world is increasingly recognising the importance of transitioning to renewable energy sources and electric vehicles.


Te Ipukarea Society : Reaching new heights in the Takitumu Conservation Area

Saturday 21 October 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Today’s article was written by Donna Gast, who is visiting from the Netherlands and doing some volunteer work with Te Ipukarea Society before starting university.


Te Ipukarea Society: Securing our future through ongoing environmental education of our youth

Saturday 14 October 2023 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

It has been a busy school holiday period working alongside the Cook Islands Voyaging Society, Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau and 40 plus senior ‘Ātui’anga ki te Tango and Mata Nātura students from Aitutaki, Mitiaro, Atiu, Mauke, Mangaia and Rarotonga.


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