Biodiversity survey of Takutea
A team from TIS, Birdlife Pacific, and local biodiversity experts based in Atiu, visited Takutea in May to resurvey the bird colonies there, and also to look for the presence of invasive species. The Polynesian rat is very common on the island, and the team looked at the feasibility of conducting a rate eradication exercise. They also met with members of the Takutea Trust on Atiu to discuss their vision for the island.
The Takutea Trust has seven members, who are responsible for the management of this important bird breeding island. Those pictured are, from left, Ngamaru Ariki, Rongomatane Ariki, Paerangi Mataiapo Tutara, members of the Takutea Trust. On the right is Tangata Vainepoto, the Secretary of the Trust. Not pictures are Parua Ariki, Aumai Mataiapo Tutara, Tinokura Mataiapo Tutara, and Makopi Mataiapo Tutara. A report on the trip is expected to be available soon.
Marae Moana it is!
The Cook Islands Marine Park now has its own unique name – Marae Moana. Whilst in Aitutaki today Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Hon. Henry Puna made the announcement.
In late November the Prime Minister launched the search for a uniquely Cook Islands name with which to brand the Cook Islands Marine Park.
“Last year a logo competition produced an incredibly unique logo designed by June Hosking and now we have an equally unique name to complement this logo” said marine park communications advisor, Jaewynn McKay.
The name – Marae Moana – was one of six entries submitted by Tereora College 7th former Bouchard Solomona. Bouchard from Tupapa will receive $250 cash as the prize for his effort. In total over 140 entries were submitted from around the Cook Islands.
The winning name together with the logo will be used extensively on products, printed material, clothing, media releases, websites, and pretty much everything associated with the Cook Islands Marine Park.
At this stage, the Marine Park will encompass approximately 1.1 million square kilometres of the southern Cook Islands’ Exclusive Economic Zone. The design of the marine park is still in progress and it is hoped that it will be fully legally designated and zoned by the end of 2015.