Te Ipukarea Society is an environmental organisation in the Cook Islands formed to help look after our Ipukarea, ‘our heritage’.  Our philosophy is that we do not own our land and marine resources but borrow them from our future generations, and need to leave them in good condition.

We are a membership-based organisation made up of individuals who believe in the need to maintain a healthy and beautiful environment.   We are members of IUCN and Birdlife International.

Find out more about Te Ipukarea Society in our About us section.

Tāua e Moana - Ocean & I Marumaru Atua vaka voyage

Te Ipukarea Society staff have recently embarked on a voyage on the Marumaru Atua vaka to our southern group islands.  This will complete the historic voyage which will travel across the entire Cook Islands.  The first leg of the journey was to the northern group islands, for 7 weeks over July and August 2021.

The voyage, called Tāua e Moana - Ocean & I, is a collaboration with Kōrero O Te `Ōrau and the Cook Islands Voyaging Society.  The voyage is an opportunity to share messages of ocean health and to initiate shared discussion with the communities on these islands.

On our visits to the Pa 'Enua, we have been giving presentations to schools and community groups on ocean health issues, marine plastic pollution and on our Maine Mura project promoting reusable menstruation products.  While in Suwarrow we trapped to check for rats and undertook bird surveys on several motu.  We also undertook bird surveys in Tongareva/Penhryn and Motu Ko Taua in Pukapuka.


Lunchbox Legends – Waste Wise Tips

Our Maine Mura Project – Reusable Menstruation Products for Cook Islands Women


Projects such as Save our Suwarrow project, invasive species eradications, outer island bird surveys, Marine Park project;


Promoting waste reduction projects such as eliminating single use plastics, re-useable shopping bags, recycling, strategy for old tyres.


Working to build resilience in our small island paradise.


Youth debates around topical environmental issues, youth camps and training on environmental monitoring.


Raising awareness of the impacts of development and other issues including seabed mining and industrial fishing.