10 Jul 2019

Cooks' govt told to consult properly over water disinfecting

From , 3:04 pm on 10 July 2019

The Cook Islands Government has been told it needs to properly consult with the people over how, or whether, to purify the water on Rarotonga.

A Cook Islands community group says more research is needed before chemicals are used when the island's new water system comes on stream.

The group, Te Vai Ora Maori - the Maori Water of Life, says the water on Rarotonga comes from high in the mountains and is clean and it is opposed to chlorination, which appears to be the government's preferred approach.

Don Wiseman asked Te Vai Ora Maori's spokesperson, Anna Rasmussen, what it is the group wants to achieve.

Aerial landscape view of the beautiful Muri Lagoon and a Motu (Islet) in Rarotonga Island in the Cook Islands.

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