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Vaka Motu 'Rangi', April 24

Greetings All, Last night was our first real, rough sea open ocean water trial. Besides Murray, our Captain, none of us have experienced south pacific ocean conditions on a waka as small as Rangi. Yesterday we had some heavy wind and squallish rains through out the day. However last night the elements...

Vaka Motu 'Rangi', April 21

Kia Ora whanau, We are approximately 520miles east of Aotearoa, skimming across the South pacific ocean at 8 knts an hour. Our aim is to sail 6 to 7 hundred miles east, then start to head north east up to the trade winds that blow in a south east direction. These...

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Echoing the call for swift, concentrated and global action on climate change

A new report released yesterday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints the starkest picture yet of the extreme challenges facing our planet as a direct result of climate change. The Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Mr David...

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Indonesia Sees Value In Manta Ray Tourism

Indonesia is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays, after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead. The government on Friday announced that manta rays within the archipelago's 5.8 million square kilometers (2.2 million square miles) of ocean...

Whales win one: Will Japan abide by ban?

On Monday the World Court in the Hague ruled that Japan's "scientific" whale-hunting was baloney. It ordered Japan to revoke its "scientific research" permits to all its ships, effectively tying Japan's fleet to the dock and silencing the cannons and exploding bombs that are the way whales die nowadays. Japan says...

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A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the...

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U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee Met in Washington, DC, February 17-18, 2014

The U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee (AIC) met in Washington, DC, from 17-18 February prior to the 31st Meeting of the US Coral Reef Task Force. The AIC represents the combined voice of the coral reef jurisdictions of the U.S. and Affiliates and serves as the collected...

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