Rarotonga Lagoon Day
read by the Hon. Ngamau Munokoa the Minister of Environment of the
Government of the Cook Islands
Orana tatou katoatoa
welcome all to this year’s Takitumu Lagoon Day.
is only the second year of Takitumu Lagoon Day and it is already
a success and therefore will only continue to get better every year.
would like to extend appreciation and thanks to the Cook Islands
Marine Resources Institutional Strengthening project, or CIMRIS
and NZAid for the support over the past several years in building
the capacity of our government agencies and our people. And of course
your support in the Takitumu Lagoon Day, the annual report cards
and water quality report cards.
People of Takitumu, Teariki Matenga and your team and particularly
to the Muri residents for hosting this year, Meitaki Maata.
tireless efforts of all involved in the organizing of all the logistics,
and especially after the minor set-back a few weeks ago, we are
finally here to see these two days and the fruits of your efforts.
is one of those times when everyone comes together for the environment
including government departments, private sector, NGOs and the community.
This is how it should be; achieving environment sustainability is
year is Pacific Year of Climate Change and so the focus is on actions
that communities and governments need to take in order to build
focus for this year’s Lagoon Day is on solutions .
And it will be very interesting to see the various best practices
and technology that can be applied to ensure our environment and
particularly our lagoons have improved health, and especially in
light of climate change, build resilience.
is great to see school students be involved again as this really
is about teaching our young generation, our future leaders, so that
they grow up with the appropriate knowledge when they take over
the custodianship of our land and environment.
postponement of Lagoon Day did bring about one benefit and that
is providing our outer island students, who have been here for the
Careers Expo, with the opportunity to participate this year and
they too will take back the knowledge gained from this experience
to their island communities.
I hope you all enjoy the next two days and absorb as much knowledge
from each other and be able to take action in our everyday lives
towards a better environment. On that note, I would like to humbly
open this year’s Takitumu Lagoon Day.
School students enquiring about the various species of fish &
coral, students shown how water is tested.
Adults being informed by the staff of the National Environment Services
and the Ministry of Marine Resources, Children answering the questionnaires
A group photo of the participants