Opposition Supports strict Quarantine

Written by Florence Syme Buchanan

Pictured: MP Tina Browne

The stance of extreme caution taken by the ministry of Health Te Marae Ora to double quarantine and twice Covid-19 test returning Cook Islands residents has been supported by the Democratic Party opposition leader Tina Browne and her caucus.

“We would rather see our health ministry being possibly overly cautious rather than too relaxed. It’s reassuring that our health experts who have put these very strict measures in place for returnees also have the support of so many local residents. Our Te Marae Ora staff, the government and our communities have worked hard to keep us Covid-19 free, we are in our bubble and no one wants us to sacrifice what we have achieved and our virus free situation to change for the worse.”

“The Democratic Party Opposition is standing in support of the vigilant stance that the government has taken, we just can’t afford to make any mistakes.”

Browne says she has been in contact with the golden oldies netball mamas who are now undergoing two weeks quarantine and Covid testing in Auckland with a further two weeks and second test to be done in Rarotonga – “they remain cheerful and grateful that they are finally on their way home. Our mamas fully appreciate the need to be extremely cautious to protect our vulnerable populations, they’re being very brave in quarantine and patient.”

Te Ara Ki Vaitango me kua tau i raro i te Ture a Te Taporoporo

I te ra 29 o Aperira, kua akatu’era’ia atu te au mataara ‘ōu ki te ruāvai ‘i Vaitango i Akatokamanava. I raro ake i te Papa Ture Taporoporo o te Ipukarea, ko teia tu ‘anga’anga ka anoano’ia tetai EIA(Environment Impact Assesment). Ko teia te aite’anga, kia akarakara matatio’ia te kino e te meitaki ta teia ‘anga’anga ka akatupu, ki runga i teia ngai, e te enua koia te aorangi. Te irinaki nei  te Kura Ora e ka rauka tetai komakoma’anga, ki te tangata ma’ata o te Tu’anga Taporoporo i te Ipukarea. Ka pati ia atu a Nga Puna a teia epetoma ki mua no to tona manako.(Kua ringi ia ana aia, kare ra oki I rauka mai ana)

I raro ake i te Papa Ture a te Tu’anga Taporoporo, teia te akapapa’anga:

Papa Ture a te Tuanga Taporoporo Mataiti 2003

No regulations on EIA have been adopted under the Act. However, the Act itself identifies the minimum content of an EIA which must be submitted to the permitting authority and Ministry. EIAs are usually required for (but are not restricted to) developments and activities in Specific Areas of Concern including:

  • Foreshore and Cook Islands Waters;
  • Inland Waters;
  • Sloping Land; and
  • Wetlands.

Ko te uiri’anga  o teia ki te reo Maori.

Kare e papa ture iti i akamana’ia i raro ake i teia irava ture no teia tu’anga. Inara, kua akano’o mai te Papa Ture Taporoporo Metua (Cook Islands national Environment Act 2003) i te turanga ma te kore e akakoro’anga no tetai enua ua, me kore tetai ngai ua, i raro ake i te EIA. Ka anoano’ia tetai tika’anga mei ko atu i te Tu’anga Taporoporo, no tetai ua atu ‘anga’anga te ka rave’ia ki te:

  • Tapa ta’atai, e i roto i te tai
  • Tetai uātu kopapa vai i roto, me kore ra, i runga i te enua
  • Tetai ua atu tu’anga enua ‘arara, me kore ra maunga
  • Tetai ua atu ngai vari

Kua komakoma atu oki te Kura Ora ki te Opita Taporoporo, tei akangaroi’ia mei i te mataiti 2019 ia Baselio Kaokao, e kua akakite mai aia e, kua tuku’ia atu ana rāi teia manako, ki te Konitara Taporoporo o te Enua, i teia nga mataiti i topa na roto i Ariki Tamuera. Inara kare e moni i te reira tuātau. Kare teia manako i apaina oonu iatu i te reira taime.

Kua akakite oki a Kaokao e, ko tona mārama i te ture a te Tuanga Taporoporo i te reira tuatau e te turanga natura o te enua, kare rai aia i ariki ana i te reira manako. Kare katoa aia i manako ana e ka apina mamao ia mei teia i tupu i teia tuātau.

Kua akakite aia e, i te reira tuātau, e aronga ruku tetai tei aere ana ki Mauke mei vao mai i te Basileia. Ta ratou tamanako’anga, kia riro  teia ngai, ei ngai ruku’anga matakitaki na te turoto. Kua manako katoa rātou kia maani ia tetai ngai kia mama te au apinga ruku kopupu i te apai ki raro.  Kua akakite a Kaokao e, kua akarakara ia rai teia manako i te reira tuātau. Kare ra i aiteita te rave’anga ki to teia tuātau.

Kare a Baselio I kite e me e EIA tetai i rave’ia ana no teia angaanga. Kua irinaki aia e, ko te angaanga tei rave’ia atu, ka anoano ia tetai EIA ei tikaanga no teia angaanga.

I teia nei kua manea teia ngai. Ka ngoie ua i te tangata i te aere ki raro i te vai. Kare i papu meitaki te tūranga no te tupuanga o te au rakau i teia ngai. Kare katoa i papu ia rātou te au tauianga e te akatukeanga no te tuātau ki mua.

Living A Nurses Life with Apii Vavia-Nore

“Im glad I’m not involved directly with taking swaps and the dealing with Covid-19, but just the thought of exposing my children to the virus makes me go the extra mile in ensuring that I’m clean and the house is clean before I bring them home from my aunty’s. This is what I think of every day after work, so my mind never relaxes until Im sure everything is cleaned and checked, but you can never be sure”.

This is now the way things are with this single working mum from South Auckland, living and raising her children with the help of her Aunty.

Apii Vavia-Nore had a humble upbringing from the beautiful island of Akatokamanava (Mauke). From a very young age, she has always been interested in science which lead to her interest in being a nurse. Her Grandad have always encouraged her to pursue a career in medicine but more to be a doctor.

She recalls taking a human anatomy diagram at the age of around eight where she memorised all the body parts that were on it. The diagram was that of her uncles who were Upper fifth (year 10 today) at the time from one of their science classes.

Apii remained in Mauke until she successfully completed New Zealand school certificate at the age of sixteen before leaving the island to live with families in Manurewa. She attended James Cook High School for two years and then went on to be part of the Healthcare Program in 2004.

Her childhood dream of becoming a nurse never wavered. “Although it was a career, I believe I’ve always wanted to be in a position where I could help people”.

The Healthcare Program was basically her introduction into the nursing school. In 2005 she began studying towards a Bachelor Nursing degree at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). She graduated in 2008 and spent ten years in the operating theatre. While still part of that operation team, Apii now works with the Pains Unit, where they deal with all sorts of pain.

Through her journey Apii was blessed with two beautiful children, Keira who is 10 and Kaden 8.

With the way things are with Covid-19, Apii said she’s always talking to her children of the possible things that may happen and how it may change the way things are at home. Its sad but its something that the children must understand and be prepared for.

One day she hopes to return home where it all began for her but for now she hopes to provide her children with the best available opportunities that will look after them for rest of their lives.

 

Written by Tauraki Rongo

Teia tetai au Akateretere’anga no te Tu’anga 3 o te Raui (Alert Level three)

Noo ki te Kainga (Stay Home)

‘E mea pu’apinga mē ka rauka tā’au ‘anga’anga mē kore ‘āpi’i ‘i te rave mai mei te ngutu’are, no’o atu ki te ngutu’are

We must continue to stay home, and this includes working and learning from home if you can.

‘Auraka ē tuku ma’ata atu ‘i te teta’i ‘uātu tangata ki roto ‘i te aua ō tō’ou ngutu’are (Keep your bubble as small as you can)

Mē ka anoano ‘ia, ‘akatu’era atu ‘i tō’ou aua ngutuare ‘i teta’i mānga ‘ua. Kia ō ua mai teta’i tangata ‘ākono ‘i te aronga makimaki ‘ē te paruparu, mē kore teta’i taeake koia ‘ua tōna ngutu’are.

If you need to, you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, people who live on their own or caregivers.

No’o rāi ki roto ‘ua ‘i tō’ou tapere (Stay in your local area  )

Kāre ‘e ‘akatika ‘ia te ‘aere mamao mei teta’i tapere ki teta’i, māri ‘ua mē tē ‘aere ra koe ki te ‘āpi’i, me kore ra ki te ‘anga’anga.

Travel is still restricted, and is only allowed for movement in your local area e.g. for going to work or school, shopping or getting exercise.

Kāre ē ‘akatika ‘ia te putuputu’anga ki te ngā’i ‘okota’i (Gatherings are not allowed/permitted.)

‘E viviki ana te toto’a’anga ō teia maki Covid 19 mei roto mai ‘i te au ngāi putuputu’anga ō te tangata, nō reira kāre ‘ē ‘akatika ‘ia te putuputu ki te ngā’i ‘okota’i, māri ‘ua nō te tanumanga ē te ‘akaipoipo ‘inārā ‘e 10 ‘ua tangata. Ko teta’i ‘uātu putuputu’anga kāre ‘e ‘akatika ‘ia.

Gatherings present a very high risk of transmitting COVID-19 and we still cannot gather for celebrations and events such as church, birthdays and kava sessions. The only exception to this rule are for funerals and wedding ceremonies for up to only 10 people.

‘Akama’ara meitaki mē rave tātou tātakita’i ‘i tā tātou au tu’anga ka pu’apinga ‘ia tā tātou tamaki atu’anga ‘i teia maki Covid 19

We are in this together, lets keep working together

Aka’āraveia’anga ‘I te Kōpū Tangata Puka ‘I teia tuātau Rā’ui nō te maki Covid -19

‘I teia ‘epetoma ka ‘ārāvei atu tātou ‘i te Kōpu Tangata Puka. Ko Melemele Puka ‘e tangata Tokelau ‘aia ‘ē ko tōna tokorua ko Liana Miriau ‘e tamā’ine Kūki ‘Ᾱirani mei Tumutevarovaro ‘ē, Araura enua ‘E no Enuamanu mai aia. ‘Ē ‘itu ā rāua tamariki ‘i te kātoatoa. ‘I teia nei kua piritia mai rātou ki Aotearoa nei, ‘inārā ko te ‘apinga pu’apinga koia, tei te ngā’i ‘okota’i rātou ‘i teia tuātau tūmatetenga.

‘I roto ‘ia Tianuare ruangauru ma iva i teia mataiti, kua tupu atu teta’i tūmatetenga ki te kōpu tangata ‘i Rarotonga. Kua ū atu tā rātou tamaiti ‘a Otehia  ‘i tetai torōka ‘i runga ‘i te mataara ‘i Ngatangiia ‘ē kua ‘apaina ‘ia mai ‘aia ki Aotearoa nei. ‘I tē reira tuātau ‘oki tei Aotearoa takere nei te metua tane o Otehia.Kua rere atu te Metua tane o Otehia ki Rarotonga I tera ra rae.Apaina ia mai a Otehia ki Aorearoa ki roto I te Aremaki Starship. Pou rāi ‘oki teta’i ngā ‘epetoma ‘iā Otehia ki roto ‘i te’are maki Starship ‘i Akarana nei, kua ‘akamata katoa ngā metua ‘i te mi’imi’i ‘i ngā tamariki toe ‘i te Ipukarea. Kāre rā ‘oki ‘i roa ana ‘i muri mai kua rauka ‘ia rāua ‘i te ‘apai mai ‘i ngā mea toe ‘ē rua ki Aotearoa nei. ‘I te tae ‘ua ‘anga mai rātou ki Aotearoa nei kua ‘akamata te rā’ui.  Manuia ‘oki ‘i nā Liana ei, kua ‘āravei atu ‘aia ‘i te ‘āpii ‘i mua ake ‘i te rā’ui.

Photo: Tuatau oriori ‘aere nā va’o, ‘akaea ‘i teta’i reva ‘ōu

‘Ea’a te ‘anga’anga ‘I roto ’I te ngutu’are ‘I teia tuātau Rā’ui

Nā roto ‘oki ‘i teta’i au taeake, kua rauka ‘ia Liana mā ‘i te ‘āravei atu ‘i te ‘āpi’i ē kua rauka te ‘āpi’i ā te tamariki ‘i te rave ki te ngutu’are nā roto ‘i te arataki’anga mai nā runga ‘i te roro uira.

Photo: Nā roto ‘oki ‘i te arataki’anga mai ā te au pu’āpi’i ‘i te ‘āpi’i nā runga ‘i te roro uira, kua mako rāi te raverave’anga ‘i te ngutu’are

Kua rave katoa atu ‘oki rātou ‘i teta’i au ‘āpi’i nā runga ‘ua ‘i te roro uira. Kua ‘akakite mai ‘oki ‘a Liana ē, nā roto katoa ‘i te ‘āravei’anga ‘i teta’i au metua nā runga ‘ua ‘i te tāniuniu ‘ē te ‘ātui roro uira, kua mārama mai rātou ē mē ka anoano ‘ia, ka rauka katoa ‘ia ratou ‘i te rīngi atu ‘i te ‘āpi’i, kia ‘ākara mai ē ka ‘akapē’ea ē rauka mai ei teta’i roro uira ‘ei tauturu atu ‘i te tamariki ‘i te rave atu ‘i teta’i tu’anga ‘āpi’i kāre ‘ē rauka ‘i te rave ‘ua ‘i te kāinga

Photo: Kua riro teia tuatau o te raui ei tuatau angaanga kapiti no te tamariki

Kare atu ‘i nā Liana ei ‘e ‘anga’anga ke atu ‘ei tavarenga atu ‘i te tamariki, nō reira kua tautā rāi rāua ko tāna tāne ‘i te ‘oake atu ‘i teta’i au tu’anga ō te tunu mānga nā te tamariki ē rave. Kua riro teia ‘i nāna ei ‘e mea mataora katoa ‘i roto ‘i te ngutu’are.

 

Photo: Māri ake te rā’ui kua rauka teta’i tuātau meitaki ’ei ‘anga’anga kāpiti ki te tamariki.

Te Pu’apinga ō te Rā’ui

“‘E tae tūmatetenga mai tō mātou ki Aotearoa nei” ‘i nā Liana ei, “‘inārā kia tā’ī’ī mātou ki roto ‘i teia rā’ui, kite ‘ō’onu atu nei māua ē, ka rauka ‘ua ‘i te ‘akapou ‘i teta’i tuātau ki te tamariki ē, ‘e mataora katoa!”

Kare ‘oki ‘i pāpū ‘iāia ē ‘eaa tō rātou roa kā mou mai ki konei ‘inārā tē mataora ‘ua nei rāua ko tana ‘i te mea ‘oki ē tei konei rāi tā rāua ‘ānau ‘ia rāua ‘i teia tuātau tūmatetenga, ē ‘i rungā’o ‘i tē reira, kua meitaki tā rāua tamaiti ‘i te tauturu ā te Atua ‘i te au Taote ‘ē te au nēti.

Te ‘akakite nei rā ‘oki ‘aia ē, tē tiaki ‘ua maira te au pū’āpi’i ‘i te au metua kia rīngi atu ‘ia rātou nō te ‘āpi’i ā tā rātou tamariki. Tē tauta katoa maira rāi ‘oki tet’ai au ‘āpi’i ‘i te rīngi ‘aere atu ‘i te au metua ō te au tamariki ē ‘aere ana ki tā ratou ‘āpi’i nō te ‘akateretere’anga ō te ‘āpi’i ā te au tamariki tātakita’i.

 

Written by: Tauraki Rongo

Two More Opposition MPs Takes a Paycut

Photo: Titikaveka MP Selina Napa and Ivirua MP Agnes Armstrong

Two more Democratic MP’s have volunteered to undergo pay cuts to show solidarity with the community struggling through the economic storm wrecked by Covid-19 the world over.

Titikaveka MP Sel Napa and Ivirua MP Agnes Armstrong have both stepped up and offered to have their salaries reduced by 15 percent. The paycut which will remain in place for the next three months is over and above what the two women already contribute to their respective constituencies.

Both have followed the example of Democrat leader Tina Browne and are opting to have the savings from their pay directed to their constituency fund. “I have 1,500 people in my constituency, so I have chosen to do what our leader has done and use my 15 percent extra contribution to help my community as we fight to keep our beautiful country free of Covid-19,” says Napa. Napa says after three months she will review the pay cut and make a decision whether it will continue.

‘I am grateful that Tina made this something we can choose to do or not. That was very fair and so I’ve made a decision based on my conscience which told me that whatever more I can contribute to my community is a good thing to do at this uncertain time.”

Meanwhile Ivirua MP Agnes Armstrong says she is happy to contribute not only to her constituency, but to all the people of Mangaia over the next three months. “Whether they are living here in Rarotonga or in Mangaia, we are all affected! My door is open to all, I would be happy to help anyone where possible. This is not a time for politics, this is a time to give back to our people, we are one people in the same storm.”

Armstrong says she was taken back by the suggestion by Finance minister Mark Browne in response to Tina Browne’s 6-month pay cut announcement that because MP’s already contribute some of their pay to helping their constituencies, “there isn’t the need to do more. I disagree.”
“As members of Parliament, that’s exactly what we are supposed to be doing, helping our constituencies, and our people as a whole, it’s what we pledged to do when we entered into politics, so I’m doing what I can at this time.”

Both Armstrong and Napa say they hoped Cabinet would also take a pay cut and heads of ministries earning over $80,000 a year to demonstrate that they’re standing with our people and that “we really are all in this together.” –

All three women MP’s have announced they are volunteering to undertake pay cuts over and above what they already contribute to their constituencies.

 

Written by Florence Syme-Buchanan

Golden Oldies Mamas Prepare to head Home

Emotions were in high supply today for the group of 41 elderly Cook Islands’ men and women that were in lockdown for the last month and residing at the Atiu Hall in Favona, Auckland.

Following the official announcement of a repatriation process for returning Cook Islands and residents last night, the group were immediately informed that they would be relocated to another premise where they’ll undergo a further 14-day supervised quarantine before returning home.

Although the news of staying back a little while longer was met with unease for some, especially for those desperately wanting to get back home – the group is remaining calm, united and overall, positive.

Today they cleaned out the Atiu Hall- returning it to its ghostly empty state, packed all their possessions and were bussed out to the Holiday Inn motel, where they’ll commence quarantine.

It was a bitter sweet moment to bid the group farewell for fellow Cook Islander, Thomas Wynne, who had been one of few Cook Islanders on the outside, to provide assistance for the mamas and papas during their stay in Favona. With the amount of time spent with the group, he felt the emotion train hit him when they waved “Aere ra” today.

Here is a short report from Wynne’s account of today’s happenings.

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The first repatriation flight is scheduled to depart Auckland on Saturday 9th May, arriving into Rarotonga on the afternoon of Friday 8th May. There are potentially two repatriation flights planned and more details will be released as they are firmed up.

 

Written by Thomas Tarurongo Wynne

Akaaraveianga atu ia Geresoma Tereinga Ringiao (Te kapiki’ia e ko Kerry)

I teia tuatau ia tatou I roto I te Turanga Teateamamao 4 kua aravei atu te Kura Ora I tetai tamaine Kuki Airani e angaanga nei ki roto I tetai tuanga angaanga ka rauka ua I te rave meui tetai ngai uatu I roto I teia nei ao.

Ko teia tamaine ko Geresoma Tereinga Ringiao (Te kapiki’ia e ko Kerry)e ko tana angaanga koia e okooko atu I te apinga aere a tetai Kamupani maatamaata koia ko te Schneider Electric na runga ua I te Roro uira ki tetai uatu ngai I teia nei ao. Kua akamata oki aia I te angaanga atu na teia Kamupani I Australia I muri ake I tona aere atu anga mei Aotearoa atu nei. Ko tana angaanga oki I mua ake ka aere atu ei aia ki Otireria koia oki e puapii, inara kua akakite mai aia e, e meitaki katoa aia I te mirimiri I te roro uira.

Ko tana angaanga mua I I tona tae atu anga ki Otireria koia oki e okooko parts atu no te Kamupani Holden.

I tona tuku atuanga I tana patianga no teia ngai angaanga nana  e rave nei I teia nei, kua irinaki aia e na tona marama I te au karape o te puapii, e pera to te roro uira e to te okooko parts o te Holden I ngoie ua ei aia I te o atu ki roto I teia angaanga.

Koa teia angaanga nana e rave nei I teia tuatau, ka rauka iaia I te rave atu mei tetai ngai uatu I roto I teia nei ao e roro uira tetai. E rave ua maina oki aia I teia angaanga nana mei te ngutuare mai, te tuku’anga I tetai au apinga a ta ratou Kamupani ki tetai uatu ngai I roto I teia nei ao mei te au ngai e maani ia nei te reira I roto I to ratou au ngai maani’anga I roto I tetai au Basileia tuketuke ki tetai au ngai uatu rai. Ko tetai apinga oki ta ratou e tuku aere ana koia oki ko te paata akataka Mori, e te au matini koia oki switch board.

Kua akakite mai oki aia e ko te tu o te raveanga I teia angaanga mei te ngutuare mai, ngie ua I reira iaia I te raverave atu I tana au mokopuna I te ngutuare. Ko teia tana akapapa’anga mai iaia e tona oraanga I raro nei.

“Toku tupuanga mai na toku nga vouvou au i akono koai oki a Papa Marau Katuke raua ko Mama Tereinga  e tae atu au ki toku mapu tamariki’anga,  kua neke atu au ki roto ite family Tetevano i Muri Ngatangia, Na Papa Ngamata e Mama Ami Tetevano au i akono mai mei toku mataiti taingauru ma toru e tae  uatu au kite mataiti e taingauru ma itu, i reira kua oki atu au ki ko I toku nga Vouvou I Atupa.

Ite mataiti 1989 kua aere atu au ki Nutireni ite kimi i tetai oraanga meitaki noku. Kua noo au ki ko I toku aunty,  ite tuaine o toku Papa anau I Mangere e pera katoa toku Mama ruau a Merapi Ringiao Estall.

Iaku in Nuti reni, kua aere atu au ite apii Computer i ko I te Tricia’s Academy of learning i Hamilton, e kua akamata katoa au ‘i taku angaanga mua i Nutireni koia oki e Telemarketer note ngai oko anga Aramu note Ngutuare (Home Alarm System)Koia oki kote  FAI Security .

Graduate mai ai no ko mai I taku Apii Computer, kua aere atu au ite tereni Puapii i ko ite Hamilton Waikato University  e pera katoa the Hamilton Polytech.

I toku tuatau e tereni puapii ara au, kua rauka taku ngai Puapii ei tereni iaku koia oki te  Apii Crawshaw Primary School in Nawton Hamilton.

Taku pupu Tamariki e apii ara I tera tuatau koai oki kote Tamariki e Special need  to ratou,  ( Special need Children) te tua ote Personal and Social development , ete tauturu I teia

au tamariki ite tata ete tatau ete tetai uatu Special Need they need support with.

1998 kua pati au i taku Tereni Puapii e kua noo tinamou au ko rai ite apii  Crawshaw Primary School . Iaku e puapii ara i Crawshaw school kua  akamata au I tetai pupu Ura Kuki Airani ei akairo i toku Inangaro i te apii i ta tatou peu. Te ingoa taku i Topa no teia Pupu Ura koia oki ko “ Maine E Tama “ Te tumu i topa ei au i teia pupu Ura e ko  “Maine E Tama” to keep our Culture alive within our Young generation “young boys and Girls”. Te au tamariki i roto I teia pupu ura  e apa Kuki Airani,  Maori ete Papaa, mei te 7 mataiti e tae uatu kite 10 mataiti.

I te mataiti 2001 kua apai atu au i teia Pupu Ura “Maine E Tama “ ite turoto atu ite Enua ko Tahiti , e kua noo matou ki Paea I Papeete ki ko itea tungane noku a Kutia Tuteru e tona Family . Mei Tahiti mai kua teretere atu matou ki Rarotonga,  e kua perform atu teia au tamariki ki roto ite Cook Island Constitution celebration ei Guest Artist. Kua ariki katoa ia mai teia Pupu Ura a “Maine E Tama ete Kavana Ngateitei I tera tuatau ki tetai kaikai I ko ite Are metua ote Kavana I Titikaveka.

Kua akakite oki aia e, ko tetai angaanga maata ta tana kamupani e rave nei I teia tuatau koia oki ko te tauturu I apai atuanga I te au apinga ka anoano ia no te akatu atu I tetai punanga no te au tataanga e te au korero katoatoa a te Kavamani Otireria koia oki tetai ngutuare no te database a te Kavamani Otireria.

 

Kerry e tana are Mokopuna

I teia nei e noo nei a Kerry ki Aotearoa nei e tona tokorua, te akakore nei raua I te oki atu ki te Ipukarea noo ei ma te rave katoa I tana angaanga e rave nei I teia tuatau.

Te Mato Vai – Rarotonga’s largest polluter?

Photo by: Justine Flanagan, from Te Vai Ora Maori | Clean Safe Water Rarotonga

In January 2020 a water engineer was appointed by the High Court to review the new Te Mato Vai water treatment system – prior to operation. His report estimated the amount of waste that will be generated due to the proposed use of the chemical polyaluminium chloride (PACl),

PACl removes dirt from water and is used in treatment systems in New Zealand and Australia. In operation it forms a jelly-like mix of aluminium, dirt, and water.

New Zealand and Australia have the waste disposal facilities to process and PACl waste. Rarotonga does not. The Arorangi landfill is already full and is not set-up to process or store toxic chemical waste.

Government engineers had proposed sludge would need to be cleared once every 3-6 months. The expert assessment was every 33 days. Temporary onsite sludge storage ponds must be serviced to prevent overflow and contamination of the neighbouring streams.

How much sludge? The court expert estimated 4,000 cubic meters of sludge each year. That’s 1300-1400 septic sucker truck-loads; 130 return trips along steep, narrow, and largely unsealed roads to each of the ten intakes.

The Government intends “trial” the PACl system. However, the first 6-months of operation will generate up to 2,000 cubic meters of sludge.

Instead of chemicals, community group Te Vai Ora Maori have proposed diversion: a system that only collects water when the streams are running clear.

The expert review also confirmed:

  • Diversion is technically feasible; the ‘as-built’ infrastructure provides the foundations of a diversion system.
  • The set-up cost of diversion is $500k ($50k per intake), similar to 6-12 months supply of chemicals.

At a time when we’re called upon to be more self-reliant, the Cook Islands government needs to do the same when it comes to infrastructure development.

This means sustainable solutions; prioritising and trialling physical, non-chemical treatment methods rather than depending on external, chemical inputs that produce chemical waste.

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