Ngatupuna Kae, has commenced a three-month internship with NES.
In April last year, Ngatupuna along with five science students from Tereora College were part of the National Environment Policy 2023-2032 (NEP) launch. As part of the launch, the students engaged in a speech and debate competition, where they each selected a topic from one of the six goals outlined in the NEP. Each of the six students received an internship from one of the following Government agencies; Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Marine Resources, To Tatou Vai, Infrastructure Cook Islands, Climate Change Cook Islands and NES. Ngatupuna’s chosen goal was based on Biodiversity hence his internship was offered by NES.
In the last month, Ngatupuna has been actively involved in the four departments within the NES namely Policy and Planning, Compliance, Stewardships and Partnerships. Ngatupuna has been on site visits, sat in on policy and partnerships discussions, updated the CITES databases and engaging with staff across departments to name a few. The experience has provided Ngatupuna with insights into the various outputs of each department while raising awareness, knowledge and passion towards our environment.
Ngatupuna remarked ‘NES has fueled my interest in the environment, and I am grateful for the opportunity, and look forward to my time ahead with NES and making a positive impact within the organisation and on our environment’.
Ngatupuna’s internship with NES reflects the organisation’s commitment to fostering emerging talents and cultivating a community of environmentally conscious individuals.
Turou, Welcome to NES Ngatupuna.