Te Ipukarea Society (TIS)
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.
In 1980, only five Black Robins remained, restricted to one remote island in the Pacific. Despite being seemingly destined for extinction, an intensive conservation programme brought the species back from the brink, and less than 50 years later its remarkable recovery has seen it downlisted on the IUCN Red List.
The Australian ‘Black Summer’ bushfires of 2018-19 blazed across vast areas of Australia, including over a third of the Ulladulla to Merimbula Key Biodiversity Area (KBA), severely impacting several threatened bird species. Now, ongoing logging is hampering the forest’s recovery, as well as jeopardising areas untouched by the inferno.