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We set out to build as we were spread over 4 buildings and at the same time we wanted to set an example for our industry of how to be responsible and to go forward in positive way for our industry – our Building is named Turama House – Turama being a local word for light – vision – beacon. The word Turama comes from our Land title area ‘Turamatuti’ - we asked one of our Traditional Ariki’s (Queen or High Chief) what we should call our building and hence the name Turama House. That now seems appropriate to what we are striving to achieve environmentally and for the long term sustainability of our industry and the Country’s economy.
We have an exceptionally environmentally friendly office building with sound environmental practices that are being honed by our focus on Green Globe and how we can do things differently – how we can make a difference.
We wish to start to expound now what we have done, are doing and will do in the future to really make a further contribution and impact on not only our industry locally and by promotion, regionally, but also for our Country and the region.
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Born in Christchurch New Zealand in 1951, I worked from 1969 to 1990 with various airlines - Air New Zealand, Polynesian Airlines, Air Niugini, Ansett New Zealand, Hawaiian Airlines and Air Rarotonga.
In 1990 Island Hopper Vacations was opened with local partners, as the Cook Islands first full service inbound operator. Island Hopper Vacations is now Part of the Turama Pacific Travel Group which includes two inbound operators, a destination management company and a Tour / Transfer operation.
I am a Board member off Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, SouthPacific.Travel and am Vice President of the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council
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We set out to create a statement about responsible building practices and energy conservation in our country. We physically bought in technology and equipment that is still used today on island to build energy efficient buildings.
We are focused on the environment and have a number of projects in hand to further devolop our stance in this area. We are currently going through the legal process to formalize the Turama Pacific Environmental Trust which will target wildlife and palntlife conservation projects within the Cook Islands
We wish to become the environmental beacon for the Cook Islands as a company and deliver results to the Cook Islands