Te Ipukarea Society

Welcome to Te Ipukarea Society

Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) is a civil society environmental organisation for the Cook Islands. Ipukarea is literally translated as ‘our heritage’.

We are a membership-based organisation made up of individuals who believe in the need to maintain a healthy and beautiful environment.

Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) is a proactive nongovernment environment organisation (NGO) formed to help look after our heritage. Our philosophy is that we do not own our land and marine resources but borrow them from our future generations, and need to leave them in good condition. We are a collection of individuals and groups who desire a sustainable healthy and beautiful environment. We are members of IUCN and Birdlife International.

See the new seabed mining brochure on the potential environmental impacts of seabed mining, produced by the Commission on Ecosystem Management, one of IUCNs six commissions, with assistance from NIWA and Te Ipukarea Society.

Find out more about Te Ipukarea Society in our About us section.

BIODIVERSITY

Projects such as Save our Suwarrow project, invasive species eradications, outer island bird surveys, Marine Park project;

WASTE REDUCTION

Promoting waste reduction projects such as eliminating single use plastics, re-useable shopping bags, recycling, strategy for old tyres.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Working to build resilience in our small island paradise.

YOUTH

Youth debates around topical environmental issues, youth camps and training on environmental monitoring.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Recently focussed on raising awareness on the impacts of seabed mining and industrial fishing.

MANA TIAKI

Mana Tiaki simply means being a guardian of something, and in this case being a guardian of our environment.

TIS launches a Givealittle page to Protect a Little Paradise

Published 04 February 2020

TIS has recently started a crowd funding page through Givealittle in New Zealand. This will help fund important environmental work in the Cook Islands, helping to preserve this little paradise for future generations.

This page will make it easier for our supporters, both from overseas and locally based, to donate to TIS, with either credit card (international) or online payments (within NZ).  All funds received will be put towards core costs of running our organisation and supporting our projects in Rarotonga and throughout the outer islands.

If you believe in our work and want to help us continue, we would be humbled if you could make a donation. Any amount, big or small, is welcome.

We look forward to working with you all in the future to ensure that our voices are heard and our paradise spanning the land and ocean is preserved, protected and healthy!

Please visit our Protect a Little Paradise Givealittle Page.

Charlee McLean video address at Global Landscape Forum NYC 2019