Aid Management has announced plans to build a harbour in the remote island of Nassau in the Northern Cook Islands.
Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Terepai Maoate KBE, saw the need for the harbour during a tour of the group earlier this year.
Nassau with a small population of 71 (2006 census) relies on a small passage for unloading and loading cargo which can be a dangerous operation during rough weather.
According to the Cyclone Recovery Committee's Technical Assistant, Patrick Arioka, a harbour would lessen cargo movement problems and provide more safety.
He said construction work could cost up to $800,000 with a probable starting date in September or October this year. Arioka said that Government agencies may take up the job assuming that contractors may not be keen due to the distance and high costs involved.
Nassau has an area of 1.2 sq km and is situated 1324 km NW of Rarotonga.
Access to this tiny atoll can only be by inter-island ferry and takes up to four days from Rarotonga. source Aid Management/CINews/Govmedia