Cook Islands - Te Ipukarea Society (TIS)

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Founded in 1996
Members: 40
Staff: 2
PO Box 649, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, CK


Mission of the organisation

The Society was established to promote environmental harmony between the people of the Cook Islands and other components of their environment by: awareness raising, pilot projects and liaison with the Government and other Non Governmental Organisations.

Key Activities

The Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) is a Cook Islands environmental NGO. A translation for Te Ipukarea essentially means 'looking after our heritage'. TIS initially came into existence due to the restructuring of the Environment Service (a government funded body). TIS mostly operates on a voluntary basis. Whilst the Environment Service has been strengthened in recent times, there is still a need for TIS to support it and to act as an environmental watchdog.

In June of each year, an annual general meeting is held to report the activities of TIS to its members and elect officer bearers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) and to form an executive committee.

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