Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Say YES to Cloth & Reusable Bags

Environment Week 2012 was launched by Associate Minister of the Environment, Ata Herman, at The Art Studio in Arorangi and featured beautifully decorated cloth bags by local artists. The theme was say YES to reuseable bags, aimed at changing the mindset of the public away from plastic bags.
“We believe in focusing on the positive. Rather than saying NO to plastic bags, say YES to cloth bags & reuseable bags” commented Jolene Bosanquet of the TIS Waste Management committee. TIS promotes the Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recyle slogan.

Tania Temata - Twenty years of service to the Environment acknowledged

 To coincide with Environment Week, Tania Temata has been chosen as recipient of the TIS Environmental Award.
“This Award is presented to either an individual or organization or business who is a champion of environmental issues and Tania is very deserving of this Award” says Ian Karika, President of the Society.
In citing the reasons for receiving this award, the award reads “for carrying out your various roles at the National Environment Service with excellence for over twenty years, through untiring service and love for the people of the Cook Islands and the Pacific, thereby making a difference to the wellbeing of the planet”.
“Most of us at TIS have worked with Tania as environmental colleagues and we have always
been impressed with her dedication, intelligence and determination, whether at home or on the world stage, pushing for positive measures to protect the Cook Islands environment”, commented Jacqui Evans, Programme Manager for TIS. Congratulations Tania.

Congratulations to our Patron Dame Makea Karika Margaret Ariki DBE

Honoured by the Queen for services to the community and now known as Dame Makea Karika Margaret Ariki DBE, is our wonderful Patron of TIS. After the official ceremony held in the Auditorium, Dame Margaret, who is also a Paramount Chief, changed into a traditional tapa costume and was carried by pa’ata to a celebration in the Takamoa grounds. Congratulations Dame Margaret.