The NES organized an engaging week from 5 – 8 June for students from Apii Takitumu, Apii Arorangi, Imanuela Akatemia, Titikaveka College, and Papaaroa School to celebrate World Environment Week and World Ocean Day. The program included exciting activities spread across three days, allowing students to explore various environmental sites.
On Day 1, students from Apii Takitumu visited three wetland locations: taro patches in Matavera, salt marsh in Avana, and the Native Nursery in Turangi. They had the opportunity to learn about the significance of wetlands and their benefits, thanks to the dedicated volunteers from Muri Environment Care. The students also took part in a hands-on activity: planting vetiver and conducting surveys in the wetlands.
Day 2 featured a visit to the Rarotonga Waste Facility in Arorangi for students from Imanuela Akatemia and Titikaveka College. Claytoncy Tauarii, Waste Management Manager of Infrastructure Cook Islands and her team welcomed the students and provided an insightful tour of the facility. The students actively participated in operating light recycling machinery and even got a ride on the Compactor truck across the landfill, expanding their knowledge of waste management.
To celebrate World Ocean Day, students from Apii Arorangi and Papaaroa Adventist had the opportunity to explore Te Kukupa II patrol boat operated by the Cook Islands Police Service. The friendly crew guided the students on an exclusive tour, showcasing the boat’s galley, command center, and explaining its vital role in protecting and ensuring the safety of our ocean.
Overall, this fun filled week was a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with nature, learn about environmental conservation, waste management, and appreciate the significance of our oceans. NES would like to acknowledge the principal and staff of each school, Muri Environment Care for your continuous work in protecting our wetlands, ICI Staff, Te Kukupa II Crew, Cook’s bus for transporting our kids and Bank of the South Pacific Cook Islands for our prizes.