to Cook Islands News, Whatarau said: “Our last three stops were Reykjavik in
Iceland, Akureyri in Iceland and Svalbard in Norway.”
learnt a lot including how Iceland is almost 100 per cent run on renewable
energy since the 1970s.”
said they have seen whales and dolphins feeding in the Arctic Circle.
we don’t really see in the Pacific because they usually migrate from the
Pacific after breeding and not to eat.”
said they then went to the University of Svalbard to learn about oceanography
and climate studies in the Arctic and how climate change in the Arctic affects
the rest of the world.
in a post on the Kōrero o te
'Ōrau Facebook page, said: “This was an excellent opportunity to
showcase the Cook Islands on an international stage in the far regions of the
North. I am grateful for all the support from everyone, Kōrero o te 'Ōrau and
to Peace Boat US for giving us this opportunity to represent our small country.
I wanted to showcase the work that we do in the climate and marine space and I
think we did that well.”
said: “I really wanted to bring our traditional knowledge to the stage on this
voyage and I think between myself and Winton we did a really good job
communicating this in the programme in our different ways. I hope, if anything,
we were able to show that even though we come from small places, we can be
leaders in the climate and marine space, even as youth. Cook Islands to the