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7 January 2019
After recent heavy downpour Nukupure Beach in Muri was scoured severely again after the same erosion occurred during heavy rainfall in April. Natural drainage channels were overwhelmed during the heavy rainfall and overland flow (moving flood waters) was seen across Muri village. Continue reading...
12 December 2018
A survey has been carried out by the Infrastructure Cook Islands waste management staff for the past 7 months to get more information on Rarotonga’s littering habits. This initiative is part of a small Anti-Beach Litter campaign. Continue reading...
13 September 2018
Our recycling rates is an area which still needs improving. Recent audits have found that over half of households were not sorting their waste correctly and over 65% of waste to landfill could have been diverted to recycling and composting. Continue reading...
4 September 2018
Concerned community members are reporting that their collection points are in a mess with rubbish left after collection or strewn about by dogs. These citizens are frustrated with having to see and clean up the mess caused by others in their neighbourhoods. Continue reading...
18 April 2018
SPC and Cook Islands government staff discuss the set up of the resistivity gear.
Improving Aitutaki’s security of water supply is high on the priority list with numerous projects in the pipeline. Recently a team from Pacific Community (SPC) in Fiji visited the island to undertake electrical resistivity testing with the aim to identify potential locations for future development of water resources. Continue reading...
18 April 2018
Litter gathered during a single run
When rubbish is thrown out of a car or left on the beach or in parks there is a high likelihood it will end up in the ocean, becoming dangerous to marine animals and impacting the health of our oceans and planet. We can all do our part by not littering and by picking up rubbish when we see it lying around. Continue reading...
26 March 2018
A new water supply system will improve the sustainability and reliability of the reticulated water supply for Tautu Village in Aitutaki. Continue reading...
22 March 2018
Vaitaparoro Sect.16 where the new water gallery for Tautu will be
A new water supply system will improve the sustainability and reliability of the reticulated water supply for Tautu Village in Aitutaki. A groundwater infiltration system or “water gallery” will increase the capacity of the village’s water supply and offer the village’s 63 households improved resilience during times of drought, whilst removing the reliance on the existing, underperforming galleries. Continue reading...
21 March 2018
Water Division Manager Wilson Rani and NIWA rep Pete Mason are undertaking ground water monitoring and pump tests for recharge rate for storage design at new proposed site Orotama bore hole drilled in 2006
Water supply on the island is in dire straits as islanders rely primarily on groundwater pumped from the below-ground Vai Utu cave for non-drinking use, while using rainwater for drinking. Continue reading...
20 March 2018
ICI staff undertaking survey work at new proposed water supply for Tamarua Village
Following on the investigation work, the physical works for this project now include the construction of a new intake structure to provide water to Tamarua village. Continue reading...
14 March 2018
Infrastructure Cook Islands WATSAN Division has recruited a Volunteer Services Abroad (VSA) person as a Waste Programme Coordinator to assist in progressing several important initiatives in the waste management sector. Turning waste glass bottles into a valuable resource is one of these tasks. Continue reading...
28 February 2018
The WATSAN Division of Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) will be undertaking work to replace underground galvanised service lines along the Ara Tapu (mainroad) from the water supply submain to the homes across the road. The Ministry is also offering New Water Connections in a specified area at a discounted rate. Continue reading...
3 January 2018
Members of the Solid Waste Management Committee
The deadline for submissions on the Single-use Polystyrene Ban Policy has passed with no objections to the policy move received. The next step for Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) and the Solid Waste Committee is to submit the policy to Cabinet for consideration. Continue reading...
20 November 2017
Site Safe Training in progress.
Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) recently facilitated a visit from Site Safe New Zealand in collaboration with the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI). On Wednesday 15 November, a total of 34 ICI staff, including the Secretary, Ngametua Pokino and strong representation from the Civil Works and WATSAN operational teams, completed their Civil Passport training. Continue reading...
9 November 2017
As part of progressing steps to preventing waste generation, Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) as focal point for the Cook Islands Solid Waste Management Committee has drafted a policy proposing to ban the importation of polystyrene takeaway containers. Continue reading...
5 October 2017
Avatiu Intake on the 5th October 2017
Rarotonga is now on Level 3 Water Warning for drought and all residents are requested to cooperate with the Drought Management Plan actions in order to conserve the available water supply. Level 1 is normal and Level 5 is a severe emergency. Continue reading...
23 August 2017
The WATSAN Water Division of Infrastructure Cook Islands takes water pressure readings on the trunk lines that come from the water intakes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week. The pressure readings aswell as stream flow meter readings this month are showing a concerning drop in pressure and stream flow especially in the area from Avatiu, east to Tupapa. Continue reading...
4 July 2017
The National Roads and Road Drainage Policy identifies issues and challenges in the Cook Islands related to ownership, construction and management of roads and the requirement to provide adequate road drainage, with a vision for a ‘fit for purpose road network Continue reading...
8 June 2017
Right to left, Peter Mason of NIWA, Wilson Rani and Timothy Tangirere of the Water Division servicing the rain gauge on Mount Te Kou.
Hydrology Technician Timoti Tangirere continues his training and work with Pete Mason of NIWA to provide data for water related infrastructure. Continue reading...
26 May 2017
The combined handover ceremony for the overhauled Mangaiacrusher plant and the new water supply for the village of Ivirua.
Mangaia Media Release 26 May 2017 The people of Mangaia were blessed on Friday, 19th of May with the combined handover ceremony for their overhauled crusher plant and the new water supply for the village of Ivirua. Continue reading...

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