New Atiu Environment Officer appointed

Enua Wichman has been appointed by the National Environment Service (NES) as Atiu’s new Environment Officer. A team from NES travelled to the island to recruit for the position which has been vacant since 2021.

Enua grew up in Rarotonga and has been living in Atiu with his wife, Jasmin, and four children since 2016. 

Once his appointment was confirmed, the NES team provided some training and helped him move into his new office at the back of the Ministry of Justice building. This is a recent building, built by CIIC and managed by the Atiu Island Government.

“I am so grateful for this new office and the resources provided to help me with my work on the island,” says Enua. He is looking forward to working with the community of Atiu to implement the National Environment Act 2003 and the Environment (Atiu and Takutea) Regulations 2008.

In addition to Enua’s appointment, Atiu’s Island Government Executive Officer, Maara Tairi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NES. Having this in place provides a collaborative relationship between the Island Government of Atiu and NES.

“I am happy to be working with NES and I look forward to working with the newly appointed Atiu Environment Officer,” says Maara.

The National Environment Service aims to build a sustainable environment in the Cook Islands, through the appointment of Environment Pa Enua Officers, to monitor and deliver environmental programmes and activities on the islands.

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