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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wildlife centre to close

A whale and wildlife centre in Rarotonga has closed, but the landowner hopes to use the space as a cultural centre for Cook Islanders. The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre opened in 2000 and displayed exhibits about whales and other marine life. Mike Tavioni said he and his family had nothing to do with the sudden closure involving researcher Nan Hauser, who set up the centre as a base for the Cook Islands Whale Research Project.

NZ wants to take lead role

WELLINGTON - New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw is heading to a conference in Europe to highlight the plight of low-lying Pacific nations, as well as to show the world that New Zealand can now stand tall in the battle to reduce emissions. Mr Shaw is already working on allowing Pacific people to migrate to New Zealand if climate change forces them to flee their homes. Mr Shaw and Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio are attending the COP23 climate change meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Tuamotu atolls endure sea rise

A new long-term study of French Polynesia's Tuamotu atolls has found that almost all of them have withstood rising seas. The study was carried out by French scientists of the University of La Rochelle who assessed the status of 111 atolls since the 1960s. Published in the scientific journal Global and Planetary Change, the study says 77 per cent of the atolls maintained their size.

It found 15 per cent of atolls got bigger while 8 per cent got smaller.

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