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Thursday 2 May 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion


Letter: Aitutaki water crisis

I am writing to bring urgent attention to the longstanding water crisis that has been plaguing the residents of Aitutaki for over 30 years.

It is disheartening to see the people of Aitutaki enduring weeks without a consistent water supply, while their calls for help have seemingly fallen on deaf ears. Although the water tanks given to homes helps to a small extent it does not solve this ongoing problem. 

The gravity of the situation has escalated to a point where the basic necessity of water, a fundamental human right, is being denied to the very people who call Aitutaki home. While makeshift solutions such as wells have been employed by accommodations to cater to the needs of tourists, the local community continues to suffer and don’t know who to turn to anymore.

It is unacceptable that the cries for assistance from the local population have been overlooked and disregarded for far too long. The residents of Aitutaki deserve better. They deserve a government that not only acknowledges their plight but also takes concrete steps to address and resolve this pressing issue.

We implore those in positions of power and authority to step up, take responsibility, and provide the residents of Aitutaki with the assurance that their concerns are being heard and acted upon. Water is not a luxury; it is a basic necessity that every individual is entitled to. It is crucial that this matter is addressed promptly and effectively, without the blame being shifted from one party to another.

The people of Aitutaki deserve better. They deserve access to clean and reliable water, just like any other community. Let us not turn a blind eye to their suffering any longer. It is time for action, transparency, and accountability.


A very concerned Mother/Grandmother 

Amuri - Aitutaki 

(Name and address supplied)