Pacific a ‘waste disaster’

Pollution in Tuvalu

PACIFIC POLLUTION: A grubby scene on Funafuti in Tuvalu is repeated elsewhere on Pacific islands, says Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey.
Neighbouring Pacific states are turning into environmental disasters, amidst their own waste and pollution, Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey claims.

He was part of Prime Minister John Key’s four-countries-in-four-days Pacific junket and claims the trip left him fearing for the future of some of the Pacific’s most pristine tourist destinations.

Unchecked pollution and poor management has left many beautiful spots in jeopardy, he says.

He singled out Tonga and the Cook Islands in particular, saying these places should be seen as world heritage sites, but their government officials were failing to give attention to the rapid degradation of their environment.

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