Environment team part of Ha’apai show

Mr Siosiua Latu (left) and Senituli Finau are joined by MEIDECC Officer in Charge in Ha’apai Mrs Lu’isa Taunga at the MEIDECC booth. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

Nuku’alofa – July 18, 2019: 3.30pm (Enviro News): A two-member team from the Department of Environment here in Nuku’alofa were part of the 2019 Agriculture Show on the island of Ha’apai earlier this week.

Information Unit team leader Siosiua Latu and Senituli Finau teamed up with the team from the Ministry of MEIDECC at the Tuesday show.

The show was officially opened by His Majesty King Tupou VI.

At the show the MEIDECC team were able to showcase some of the activities they are involved with and also promote their services to members of the public.

Mr Latu said the show was a success and they looked forward to doing the same in Vava’u tomorrow.

“We are here to help showcase what the Environment Department does in line with the services provided by the Ministry of MEIDECC and we have had a lot of people, including His Majesty King Tupou VI, go through our booth,” he said.

Officer in Charge of MEIDECC’s Office in Ha’apai, Ms. Lu’isa Taunga said the Agriculture Show presents a platform for line ministries including MEIDECC to raise awareness about their work and services.

“What we are displaying today is not just from one department but we display as much as we can to cover the whole output for the ministry to raise awareness among the people of Ha’apai about the work we do and the services we provide,” she said.

“Today, we are presenting a glass crusher to demonstrate how we can effectively manage glass waste to reduce its overall management costs. This glass crusher can reduce a glass to cullet, safe-handling glass or all the way down to sand. This equipment simply and efficiently saves you time and money in waste disposal costs most importantly it  provides synthetic sand for construction instead of using regular sand from beaches.”

She said they are also communicating with the Ha’apai Environmental Protection Agency (HEPA) to supply free plastic shredder for the local communities of Ha’apai next year.

“We are quite aware that there are concerns about the plastics thrown into the ocean. So we are trying to deal with it right now,” she added.

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