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 Northern Group voyage on Marumaru Atua vaka

Te Ipukarea Society has partnered up with Kōrero O Te `Ōrau and the Cook Islands Voyaging Society in a voyage on the Marumaru Atua vaka to our northern islands, the Pa Enua Tokerau. The voyage, called Tāua e Moana - Ocean & I, aims to initiate shared discussion with the communities on these islands about issues of ocean health.  The team consists of 17, and departed Rarotonga on the morning of 16th June 2021.

Plastic Free July 2021

Join us for Plastic Free July 2021.  Here are some ideas on how you can to get involved:

  • Pledge to Choose to Refuse one (or more) item of single use plastic
  • Look for our Free Kata Kapu jars for drinks at participating cafes in Rarotonga
  • Support the 'Rent a Plate' wash against waste initiative at the Punanganui Market, where for a donation you can rent plates, cutlery & cups and return them to be washed them
  • Check out our Facebook & Instagram pages for Hot Tips every day for the month of July

Lets Kick This Plastic Habit – 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.

Our Position Statement on Deep Sea Mining