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Mary McDonald

Kia Orana,

My name is Mary McDonald. I am married and live on Rarotonga, Cook Islands. At present I work as finance manager Te Ipukarea Society, (TIS) an environmental NGO based in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. A translation for Te Ipukarea essentially means 'looking after our heritage'. TIS acts as a watchdog on Government, trying to ensure that economic development does not come at the expense of our environment. 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.

I am also the Finance Manager for the Marae Moana Trust who is responsible for the establishment of the new Marine Park in the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands Marine Park will be an area that will be afforded varying degrees of protection based on the needs of Cook Islands communities. The Marine Park will protect areas in their natural condition for our benefit and for the benefit of future generations.

I look forward to meeting and learning with my Pacific Island neighbours.

Kia Manuia,

Mary McDonald

Websites:

Te Ipukarea Society

Marae Moana

For further information please contact

Prof Manfred Lenzen
ISA, A28
The University of Sydney NSW 2006
+61 (0)2 9351-5985
m.lenzen@physics.usyd.edu.au