Meet the Prime Minister who wants to start deep-sea mining in his Pacific island paradise
Resource companies and island nations are scouring the Pacific Ocean for vast untapped minerals.
Trillions of rocks found on the seabed contain metals that could power electric cars and green energy.
The Cook Islands government believes deep-sea mining could contribute to the fight against climate change and end the country’s economic dependence on tourism.
But environmentalists say extracting minerals from 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) beneath the ocean’s surface could be catastrophic for fragile marine ecosystems the scientific world knows little about.
With deep-sea mining likely to start in 2024, 101 East investigates how it could affect the world’s largest ocean.
This documentary was produced in collaboration with SBS Australia and supported by the Sean Dorney Grant for Pacific Journalism through the Walkley Public Fund.
Correspondent: Lucy Murray
Director and Senior Producer: Drew Ambrose
Field Producer: Melina Etches
Cinematography: Lee Ali
Picture Editor: Andy Mees
Graphics: Keke Marc Robertson
Digital Producer: Hasham Cheema
Archive: Shella Costales
Additional Footage: NIWA, The Metals Company, International Seabed Authority and Moana Minerals
Senior Producer: Liz Gooch
Production Manager: Susanna Low
Supervising Producer: Nick Olle
Executive Producer: Sharon Roobol
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