The top deck of the Tai Shipping Services vessel Maungaroa II was an irresistible attraction for these fi ve Tereora College students at yesterday's Maritime Careers Expo at the port of Avatiu. The well-organised event attracted a steady stream of visitors throughout the day and drew attention to the large number of career opportunities available in the maritime and associated industries.
High school students from Rarotonga and Aitutaki were given information on a wide variety of possible future careers at Maritime Cook Islands career expo at Avatiu Wharf yesterday.
Over 900 students, including 23 from Aitutaki, were welcomed to Avatiu Wharf in two sessions between 8.45am and 2pm.
Katrina Matheson from Maritime Cook Islands said it was important to show students about their options “on the water”.
“The maritime industry isn’t very well known here in the Cook Islands so we decided to hold a careers day, to coincide with the Day of the Seafarer which is also today, to acknowledge all the seafarers around the world.
“We wanted to put it into the kids’ minds that there are maritime careers for them both here in the Cook Islands and overseas.”
Matheson said it was a good chance for the various maritime industries to further their relationships with the community.
“It is good to get all the government departments, non-government organisations and businesses all in one place to get to know each other.
“Strengthening these relationships and getting to know each other will help us to all find projects we can work on together in the future”.
Some of the organisations present included: Sailing Cook Islands, Pacific Divers, Cook Islands Tourism, Ministry of Marine Resources, Cook Islands National Environment Service and a team from the New Zealand Defence Force.