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Tropical depression brings gale-force winds and heavy swells

Monday 17 January 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Environment, National

Yesterday’s strong winds and high seas caused by a tropical depression near Mauke caught residents of Rarotonga and other southern group islands by surprise and the Met Office says more damaging winds and rain are expected this week.

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Youth Media Team learns the ropes with Muri Environment Care Group

Saturday 15 January 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National

This week a group of keen teens gathered at Aroko salt marsh to learn first-hand about marine biology as well as TV and media production.

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Storm surge expected from Tropical Cyclone

Tuesday 11 January 2022 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Environment, National

A tropical cyclone that hit Fiji over the weekend and devastated parts of the country will not affect the Cook Islands, according to the Cook Islands Meteorological Service.

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‘Fair weather’ forecast for Raro

Friday 31 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Environment, National

Rarotonga can expect some fair weather for the long weekend as it welcomes the new year in, with a few showers and a fair bit of wind.

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Seabed mining ‘not worth the risk’, says Evans

Thursday 23 December 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National

Jacqueline Evans said: “Seabed mining also has a direct impact on the biodiversity that lives on and around the nodules and the disposal of sediment from the ship will impact marine life that encounters it in the water column.” Evans said she wants the Cook Islands to focus on investments that “do not solely rely […]

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Nodules: Climate change solution or ecological risk?

Thursday 23 December 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National

People keen to explore the possibility of deep sea mining see it as a way to fight climate change, while those against say it doesn’t make sense to solve an environmental problem by possibly creating a new one.

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My family’s pacific island home is grappling with deep-sea mining

Monday 20 December 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National

Here’s what I’ve learned being up close and personal with the debate, writes Rachel Reeves.

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Sooty Shearwater shows up in Avarua

Saturday 18 December 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National

Rarotonga had a surprise drop in visitor – an injured Sooty Shearwater (Ardenna grisea) was found at the Punanga Nui Market last week.

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Deep sea ‘gold rush’

Saturday 18 December 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National

Three companies could be awarded a licence to explore the Cook Islands seabed for rare minerals.

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Sea Eagle II sails by Rarotonga

Saturday 18 December 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

With the hollow booms of its horn to announce Kia Orana, at Avarua harbour, the magnificent Sea Eagle II Super yacht sailed by Rarotonga yesterday morning on its way to New Zealand.

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Rain brings relief to Penrhyn

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

Over the past few weeks rain has poured down on the Northern group atoll of Penrhyn, bringing sighs of welcome relief for approximately 250 residents.

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Wet weather lashes parts of Rarotonga

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Environment, National

Heavy rain and thunderstorms lashed parts of the Cook Islands over the weekend, flooding areas around Rarotonga.

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Pet bird returns home from the wild

Monday 13 December 2021 | Written by Sian Solomon | Published in Environment, National

The Taamo family bid farewell to their beloved pet gannet Aki a week ago, releasing it back into the wild. But the charismatic bird has since returned, deciding it would rather live with the family who raised it on the island of Aitutaki.


Becoming an Ocean Champion: Tāua e Moana Ocean & I

Saturday 11 December 2021 | Written by Te Ipukarea Society | Published in Environment, Features

Thursday night was Rarotonga’s turn to hear some of the ocean health presentations that were presented to the whole of the pa enua by the voyagers from Tāua e Moana – Ocean & I, writes Te Ipukarea Society.

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Tereora students help Muri project before holidays

Friday 10 December 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National

Three busloads of Tereora College students headed out to Ngatangiia yesterday to help a local environment group with its project to protect land around streams and coastal areas in Muri.

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Seabed Minerals Authority ‘to consider the public comments closely’

Wednesday 8 December 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National

Public comment on seabed mining exploratory licences ended on Friday but it’s a waiting game on what’s next.

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Mangaia visited by National Environment Service

Wednesday 8 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Environment, National

The National Environment Service was able to successfully complete an interactive trip to Mangaia where they carried out a handful of environmentally based activities with locals.

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‘Much more rain’ needed as water conservation warnings continue

Wednesday 8 December 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Environment, National

The majority of water intakes on Rarotonga are still dry despite heavy rainfall.

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Making waves for Nukuroa’s well-being

Monday 6 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Environment, National

A new non-governmental organisation founded in Mitiaro was able to gain a platform at the Oceania Multi-District Information Organisation in an online discussion last week.

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Te Ipukarea Society seeking donations for rat eradication project

Monday 6 December 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Environment, National

Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) have started to receive donations going towards the rat eradication project to rid the island of Suwarrow of its rat infestation.

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