Mauke Environment Officer prepares for temporary base

This set up, though temporary will allow for more steady space for Raita, it is central, accessible to the public and has a meeting space to conduct Authority meetings.
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Raita Moetaua Mauke Environment officer moves to her temporary office for the next two years.  Raita was previously located and moved between both the Island Admin and Agriculture Offices.

The Mauke Environment Service Office is now based at the Government House that is managed by the Island Administration. This set up, though temporary will allow for more steady space for Raita, it is central, accessible to the public and has a meeting space to conduct Authority meetings. Raita shares the office with Island Admin Manager of Social and Economic Development No’o Numanga.

Raita’s work plan includes compliance of any developments in Mauke that will have some level of environmental impact. This involves consultations with the Mauke Environment Authority on significant developments. Monitoring and surveillance duties include carrying out investigations, monitoring and attending to complaints. Public communication and awareness require community and stakeholder engagement. Lastly, Raita is to carry out data collection on activities that have environmental impact.

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