Atiu, Atiu Island

January 2007

Conservation benefit: Establishment of a 297-acre wildlife sanctuary on Takutea Island, and a restricted fishing zone extending five miles from the island’s shores, both for 20 years

Community benefit: Construction of community geriatric housing

Takutea is an uninhabited 297-acre island located nine miles northwest of Atiu in the Cook Islands Group and is home to many endemic and threatened bird species. The island is owned by the people of Atiu Island.

Seacology, working with the Atiu Island Trust, is funding the construction of housing on Atiu for the community’s elderly residents. In exchange, Atiu islanders will declare Takutea Island a wildlife sanctuary for 20 years. The community has also committed to creating a restricted marine conservation area extending five miles out from Takutea’s shore to minimize intrusion by outside fishing vessels and unauthorized landings on the island.

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Project Updates
May 2019
Tuaine Tuara, our Cook Islands field representative, reports that the wildlife sanctuary on Takutea Island and the restricted fishing zone remain under strict management. There is active...
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May 2018
The concrete pad under the water tank have been repaired, and the last step is for a plumber to connect the fittings to tubs that allow for cleaning. Everything should be done by the end of June.
January 2017
Most of this small maintenance project has been completed, and field representative Tuaine Tuara reports that the caretaker says the building is much improved. The exterior of the building has...
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January 2016
In October 2015, Seacology approved a maintenance grant for repair of the community housing, to keep rainwater from seeping in. After some delays in getting materials from New Zealand to...
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April 2015
Field representative Tuaine Tuara visited Atiu Island and reports that the facility, which has a capacity of 38, is being fully used for two vulnerable groups: the elderly and community members...
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January 2009
In June 2008, field representative Allan Tuara worked with a biodiversity study team to assess the concern of an outbreak of coconut scales on Takutea. Their study found that there was not a...
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May 2008
As of April 2008, ongoing care of the facility was being provided by the community, with a public health officer overseeing activities. Conservation of Takutea islands is reported intact.
June 2007
Materials for construction were purchased in April 2007 and scheduled to be transported to Atiu in May. The community is planning to build the foundation, footing and flooring in mid 2007....
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October 2007
As of May 2007, the building was almost complete with electrical, plumbing, painting and furnishing to be completed in mid-2007. As of September 2007 the building was complete and a project...
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