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Saturday 23 July 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Local, National


Naming competition held for new Cook Islands vessel

In past times, vaka propelled the tupuna safely across the ocean to discover new lands.

Our new modern research vessel will carry us safely to new deep-sea discoveries.

Help us find a name for our research vessel that reflects the mana of the ocean and the spirit of adventure, discovery and learning we are embarking upon.

Ecologically Sustainable Development is at the heart of Cook Islands policy and core to Moana Minerals’ evidence-based exploration program.

We are committed to learning about the ocean to ensure we know how to preserve and protect it. Our new vessel and the research it conducts provides unique opportunities for Cook Islanders and a future you can be part of. The vessel could further support the Pa Enua by providing cargo and ferry services.

The new name will not only adorn the hull of this newly acquired ship that will be a permanent feature and resource for the Cook Islands and South Pacific region but will also acknowledge our deep respect for the environmental and cultural connections in the journey that lays ahead.
Help us chose a name that represents the culture and history of conservation fundamental to the Cook Islands way of life.

To enter and be eligible to rename the vessel tell us,
• Your vessel name
• Why you chose it
• What it means / represents
• Your name
• Your school
• Your home island

Please submit your entry via email to or Facebook Messenger (Moana Minerals). The winner shall be announced on August 31, 2022.

Prizes to be presented at a special naming ceremony
• Winning student will receive a new iPad Pro with cover.
• Winning student’s school will receive NZD2,000.
• Winner shall unveil their chosen vessel name as part of ceremony.
• Winner shall be given a personalised tour of the vessel.
• Winner’s travel and accommodation shall be provided if from Pa Enua.

The naming competition launched on July 1st, 2022 and closes on August 20th and is open to all students attending school in Rarotonga and Pa Enua.


Ipukarea Society on 28/07/2022

Greenwashing is "the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company's products are more environmentally sound. Greenwashing is considered an unsubstantiated claim to deceive consumers into believing that a company's products are environmentally friendly". The language used in this story is a prime example of GREENWASHING. Not once in the article are the words mining, minerals or nodules, used. Just words like "modern research vessel" "new deep-sea discoveries", "environmental and cultural respect" and " the mana of the ocean and the spirit of adventure, discovery and learning". Yet the whole purpose of the research that this boat will do is to get a commercial licence to mine the seabed of the Cook Islands for polymetallic nodules and make the company a lot of money. The product of seabed mining companies is destruction of the deep sea ecosystem.