Environment

2020 unusual season for whale researchers

Saturday 3 April 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Environment, National

Despite challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, Cook Islands Whale Research is describing 2020 as an intriguing but ultimately successful year for furthering our understanding of earth’s largest mammals.

Environment


Government aims for marine resources sustainability with modern approach

Thursday 1 April 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Environment, National

Government says it has no intention to legislate Ra’ui to manage the country’s reef and lagoons, opting instead to introduce contemporary approaches that aim to address perceived over-harvesting of resources.

Environment


Water project grievance filed

Monday 29 March 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Environment, National

Government proceeded with infrastructure construction of Rarotonga’s water project before considering impacts, claims a local group.

Environment


Policy reversal by Opposition on seabed mining “very unwise”

Sunday 28 March 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

This article is Te Ipukarea Society’s response to the Democratic Party revision of their policy on deep sea mining, AS published in the Cook Islands News on March 17.

Environment


Seabed Minerals Amendment Bill passed

Saturday 27 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National

The Seabed Minerals Amendment Bill 2021 passed in Parliament on Tuesday receiving unanimous support from both Government and the Opposition.

Environment

The deep sigh of the Pacific

Friday 26 March 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

A magnificent sculpture in the form of a conch shell, a symbol of the Pacific Islands Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, will be unveiled today.

Environment


Fatal trap for eagle rays

Tuesday 23 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Environment, National

Two eagle rays are believed to be the latest victims of the use of gill nets, which have been known to fatally trap marine life, including endangered turtles.

Environment


Can customs ensure conservation?

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Environment, Features, National, Weekend

A recent confrontation between a Government MP and a Rarotonga market stall operator over the harvesting of Avake (sea urchin) has revived calls to give traditional conservation practices greater authority by incorporating them into law.

Environment


Aitutaki young photographers stand with the best in the Pacific

Saturday 20 March 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

We are delighted to announce that nine young students from our Aitutaki environmental photography module have been selected as finalists in the UK Pacific Climate Photography Competition, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

Environment


PM welcomes Opposition’s stance on seabed mining

Thursday 18 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy, Environment, National

As the debate continues over the pros and cons of deep sea mining, there is now unanimous support by both major political parties for exploration by companies interested in harvesting minerals from the ocean floor.

Economy


Demos reject calls for decade-long ban on seabed mining in policy flip

Wednesday 17 March 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Environment, National

Following a recent public consultation in the northern group and an internal policy review, the Opposition Democratic Party has come out against a ten-year moratorium on seabed mining.

Environment


Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.

Saturday 13 March 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Monday this week was International Women’s Day. It is a special day of the year where we celebrate the amazing vaine we know, who are out there doing great work and living their best lives, writes Kate McKessar.

Environment


Matie Ethical Care – Caring for the land, the people and the future

Saturday 6 March 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National

This week, Te Ipukarea Society is very pleased to share information about a new environmental initiative which has recently been established here in Rarotonga, writes Kate Mckessar.

Environment


‘Raiders’ of Titikaveka lagoon warned

Thursday 4 March 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Environment, National

The staggering level at which Titikaveka passages are being raided for fish and seafood is causing deep concern in the village and Opposition MP Selina Napa wants it to stop immediately.

Environment


Maine Mura – girls with dignity

Saturday 27 February 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Te Ipukarea Society’s Maine Mura aims to alleviate some of the pressures associated with period poverty as well as contributing to significant reduction in waste.

Environment


Demos question seabed mining consultations

Tuesday 23 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National

The Cook Islands Opposition has objected to the most recent northern Pa Enua seabed mining consultations saying that at least one representative from their team should’ve been included to ensure there was balance.

Environment


Resort's lagoon-fed salt water pool gets green light from government

Monday 22 February 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Environment, National

A Ngatangiia-based resort fulfilled all the requirements as per the Environment Impact Assessment in the construction of a new salt water pool, confirmed the National Environment Service.

Environment


Seabed minerals consultations reach the most remote islands

Sunday 21 February 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National, Outer Islands

Palmerston and Nassau were the last islands to receive consultations on the Cook Islands seabed minerals (SBM) sector by the Government, as part of the recent government voyage on the MV Taunga Nui.

Environment


Saving Rarotonga’s reef from the ‘spiky thing’

Tuesday 16 February 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

A taramea outbreak is considered human induced, not a natural disaster, says a local marine biologist.

Environment


Wonderful wetlands

Saturday 6 February 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, National

Flooding like the recent severe episodes in Avatiu were far less frequent or severe back in the days when the wetlands were intact, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

Environment


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