A community in Betio approached the KNTO this month to volunteer their services in cleaning up the surrounding areas of the WWII relics at Takoronga.
This community, comprising of 3 groups named Smile, Moangare and Matangare groups, began their clean up on Saturday 1 December and have stated that they will continue with these clean ups 3 times a week.
They approached the KNTO because the WWII relics are under the jurisdiction of the KNTO saying they have seen the importance of these sites to tourism development and want to contribute to the outcomes of the KV20. Spokesman, Mr Dixon Timoteo, stated that the community noticed a lot of rubbish around these relics and they wanted to contribute to its cleanliness to ensure a happy and memorable experience for our visitors.
The MICTTD and KNTO have applauded this initiative and invites other communities to take care of their surroundings, especially those close to or within tourist attractions.
The other half of the WWII relic sites is cleaned by the Marine Training Centre trainees once a month.
[Source, Kiribati NTO/Te Kaongora]