Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television
since 1987

TAGATA PASIFIKA: Makatea Island Phosphate Mining

An Australian company wants to re-open an old phosphate mine which closed in 1966. The mine is on the island of Makatea – and in its heyday attracted workers from around the region, especially from the Cook Islands. Now home to just 86 people, locals are in two-minds about re-opening the works.

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