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A painting by Tom Burnett (NZ) illustrating the plight of the tuna stocks in the Pacific (1992)

It does make one wonder when on one hand the government is telling the world they are serious about “greening our economy”, and that we are going to be a Marine Park with our Whale Sanctuary and possibly Shark Sanctuary, yet on the other hand fishing deals with far reaching catastrophic effects are being signed with Distant Water Fishing Nations because of the bucks on offer.

We have the opportunity to show the world we are serious about creating effective sustainable development and to set in place carefully planned fishing management plans for local and overseas companies working within the framework of our whole EEZ being a Marine Park – a world’s first.

Let’s hope it’s not too late.

TIS is in dialogue with the Fishing Association and attends their meetings.

Did any of you see the doco “End of the Line” on TV earlier this month? It was amazing but scary as to what is happening in the Pacific.

TIS Member, Ana Tiraa has been appointed Director of the newly established Climate Change Department at the Office of the Prime Minister. Ana is a well-respected conservationist both locally and internationally.

With a background in natural resources management and climate change, Ana is a very suitable choice for this newly created position. It shows the Government is serious about Climate Change by appointing such a high profile Director. Ana has just returned from attending the COP 17 in Durban and will be a very strong advocate for the Cook Islands and the plight of the Pacific.

A Membership Strategy was created for TIS by one of our next generation members, Luana Bosanquet-Heays, who drew on her experience as a membership campaigner with Greenpeace, her international experience through attending COPs 15 and 16, and local experience having grown up here, as to what would be appropriate for the Cooks in formulating a workable plan.

The strategy includes:
1. Making some changes to membership policy,
2. Working in the Pa Enua (outer islands) to increase Pa Enua membership.
3. Raising the profile of TIS through Facebook, the development of a website and greater input into local media.
4. Developing a Peer Educator’s programme, hold fun and educational film nights and to increase youth membership
5. Employing a Youth Coordinator to implement a Change-Maker’s programme in the schools
6. Developing an internship placement programme
7. Introducing a visitor’s donation scheme in tourism properties
8. Involving corporate partners in TIS campaigns
9. Engaging community leaders to advertise membership drives.

The Strategy will be reviewed by the executive annually. Funding additional to TIS revenue will be needed to implement the strategy.The development of the strategy was made possible by the AAGE. V. Jensen Charity Foundation.

Jacqui Evans of TIS met with the Pacific Invasives Initiative team to seek assistance with the development of the restoration plan for Suwarrow National Park.

PII agreed to assist and are developing an MOU to outline the terms of the partnership. PII can provide training, technical advice and planning assistance from Project Selection to Sustaining the Project. This is very exciting as well as important work to carry out on Suwarrow. PII is based at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland.

The tender for suppliers of secondary treatment sanitation systems will be out soon. A Cabinet paper is being prepared on cost allocation (who pays for an upgrade and what percentage of the cost).

Criteria for identification of preferred systems are being developed. A draft contract has been developed between government and households to cover upgrades. Public awareness (Lots of awareness raised at the Vaka Eiva, a Communications Strategy is being prepared, as well a video story board on animal waste– TIS asked to have input in script).

Cost comparison for sanitation design is needed (on-site vs cluster vs centralised ring sewerage) and there will be a tender for this work. Ken will provide committee with criteria for tender. Ministry of Marine Resources are continuing with water quality monitoring. The IWRM project is continuing with testing of ecological sanitation systems, Southern Cross University, NSW, Australia is helping. Draft sanitation policy will be amended some more to incorporate committee’s comments.

In discussions prior to adopting the Strategic Plan, what should be our core focus naturally was on the table.

TIS has an excellent reputation for instigating and implementing worthwhile Biodiversity programmes which gives us credibility not just at home but both in the Pacific and internationally. However, there are times when as an environmental NGO we need to let the public know about certain plans that might be detrimental to our pa enua. The question is how far do we go – just raising awareness or having to create specific campaigns which may result in protesting?

We decided that each case was to be treated on an individual basis, working with those most affected eg fisherman with the Fisheries Campaign, with a focus on awareness via media, and public meetings, with protests as a last resort.

We have asked for copies of all EIA’s (Environmental Impact Assessments) from the National Environment Service, so we can provide an informed opinion for members and the general public on specific projects.

We are hopeful that with the Prime Minister as Minister for the Environment and his “green” policies that former and potential environmentally sensitive issues may be minimalized or not even considered. In order for this to happen effectively the new Investment Code as well as the revamped National Sustainable Development Plan need to give a clear indication that this country does care about conserving and managing effectively its natural resources for the benefit of future generations instead of exploiting and mismanaging the natural assets we have.

TIS Programme Manager Jacqui Evans has drafted a Strategic Plan till 2015 for the organization, which the Executive examined at their November meeting.

Key areas are a programme for youth to “learn by doing”, implementation of a comprehensive membership strategy, conservation work in the Marine Park (Key Biodiversity Areas and Important Bird Areas) and assisting government with the development of environmental policies.

TIS have so far sought input from the National Environment Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs Youth Division, the National Council of Women and Birdlife International. The plan is currently being re-aligned with the new National Sustainable Development Plan released earlier this month. A communications strategy is needed next to ensure our messages are getting out regularly and effectively. The plan will be completed by the end of Jan 2012.

This was an amazing opportunity to meet with those who have already set up Marine Parks/Protected Areas in Hawaii, Kiribati, Chagos (Indian Ocean),Great Barrier Reef and Motu Motiro Hiva (Rapanui). The catch phrase for the meeting was “L cubed: Link, learn and lend”. The linkages created, the knowledge learnt and the lending a helping hand.

The Cook Islands delegration included Tania Temata of the National Environment Service, Liz Koteka of the Office of the Prime Minister, Noeline Browne of the Marine Park Steering Committee, Tupe Short of Koutu Nui and Jolene Bosanquet of TIS. A full report on this conference will be out soon.

Whilst the Ministry of Marine Resources is responsible for our ocean, the new Act covering “Seabed Mining” comes under the Ministry of Finance. Daryl Thorburn has been appointed Seabed Mineral Advisor funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

We now have the framework in place for the exploitation of our polymetallic nodules on the seafloor, which make the Cook Islands the richest country of these resources. Hon Tom Marsters, DPM, has had a passion about accessing this resource since he travelled on a research vessel some 25 years ago. The challenge is that our seabed is 4miles down and no viable commercial operation has ever mined at that depth. FYI mining licenses now appear to be available for purchase.

An ongoing topic, which we believe is finally being addressed through WATSAN, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Waste Management committee on which TIS is represented.

We also have support and a commitment from the NZ High Commissioner John Carter to assist with the implementation of simple strategies that work in small town NZ.

In addition, TIS is proposing levy changes to assist in dissuading some products through pricing increases and persuading the use of more environmentally friendly products through pricing decreases eg increase on plastic bags levy, bottle recovery programme, reduce certain types of plastic containers imports, promote use of cornstarch/potato starch products in the market.

BTIB has recently taken over the management of Punanga Nui Market and discussion with them over waste management issues is planned soon.

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