Protecting a little paradise

$3,800 of $50,000 goal
Given by 24 generous donors in 2 years

Funds urgently required to travel to Suwarrow to eradicate a remnant rat population impacting our birds, before they spread to other islands


Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) is a proactive non-government environment organisation (NGO) in the Cook Islands, formed in 1996 to help look after our heritage.

One of our key areas of work is in invasive species. Our main focus at the moment is a rat eradication project in Suwarrow Atoll, the Cook Islands’ first and only National Park and acknowledged globally as an important bird area.

We have worked for a number of years on this, culminating in a 2018 campaign which we hoped would be the end of the rats on Suwarrow. However, on a monitoring trip earlier this year, we found there was a remnant population of rats remaining on one of the small islets around Suwarrow's lagoon. This islet is home to breeding seabirds, including red tailed tropic birds, booby birds, and frigate birds.

We believe it is urgent to deal with this rat population as soon as possible, as they are prolific breeders and numbers will increase exponentially in a short time. They will then likely spread to adjacent islets, affecting more vulnerable bird nesting sites.

This means we need to travel north to Suwarrow as soon as the cyclone season is over, in May 2022. We have obtained costings for materials and transport on the Cook Islands traditional voyaging canoe, Marumaru Atua, to take a team to Suwarrow to do the work for 2 weeks. This is the most cost effective means of transport and also has a very small carbon footprint. Now we just need the money!


TIS is a collective of individuals who desire a sustainable, healthy and beautiful environment. We are members of IUCN and Birdlife International. We have among our staff and membership well-respected scientists and active campaigners for environmental sustainability. TIS is managed by a voluntary committee who are elected by members, as per our constitution, at our Annual General Meeting. A small number of paid staff, assisted by volunteers, attend the day-to-day running of the Society

Use of funds

The money will be used to allow us to travel to Suwarrow on the traditional voyaging vaka Marumaru Atua and remove the last remnant rat population which is impacting our seabird colonies in our national park.

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Update on efforts so far!  21 January 2022

Meitaki ma’ata to everyone for their kind and generous support from far and wide. We are excited to confirm that we have raised a total of $7535 so far!

Some of these donations have come directly to us (outside of Givealittle) and also includes $5 from the sale of each of our insulated reusable bottles ($35 each), available from the TIS office in Rarotonga.

We do still have a fair way to go to reach our target, so please share this page with your friends & family. You can learn more about the project at

Thanks again we appreciate your generosity and care for the seabirds of Suwarrow.

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Latest donations

Nick 4 days ago
I'm pleased to contribute to this important project.
Te Ipukarea Society

Thank you so much for your generous donation Nick.

Te Ipukarea Society
Cinzia 5 days ago
Te Ipukarea Society

Meitaki ma'ata! This is very much appreciated thankyou e kia manuia.

Te Ipukarea Society
David on 16 Jan 2022
Hi Kelvin. Sorry to be slow in responding. We must get rid of those pesky rats! Here is a donation to help. Best wishes to all at TIS. Sarah and David, UK.
Te Ipukarea Society

Thank you so much David and Sarah. Yes, those pesky rats must go! And they will! Wonderful, thank you again for your support and generous donation which will be put to good use. We will post an update on our fundraising progress so far to keep everyone updated!

Te Ipukarea Society
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Guest Donor on 14 Jan 2022
Greetings from Europe, Czech republic. Good luck with Rats eradication.
Te Ipukarea Society

Meitaki ma'ata for your generous donation from so far afield!

Te Ipukarea Society
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Guest Donor on 05 Dec 2021
TIS keep up the good work. Diane
Te Ipukarea Society

Thank you so much. Very generous of you.

Te Ipukarea Society

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