And she is leading from the front, planning to use her status as a contestant to display how important our language is.
The Miss Cook Islands pre-pageant interview event was held on September 5 at the Muri Beach Club. All Miss Cook Islands contestants presented a seven minute speech on topics they selected at the fashion show on August 27 and were asked two questions on the topic by the panel of six judges at the end of their speech.
Casey Viti confidently presented her topic in her native dialect from Atiu Enua and demonstrated how important it is for Cook Islanders to be able to speak te reo. She encourages Cook Islanders here and abroad to use or learn te reo, to pass on their love for their culture and to be proud to be Cook Islanders.
“Te reo is at the core of The Cook Islands identity,” Viti says. “I hope my use of our language in the pageant inspires everyone to keep our identity alive.”
Accounts manager/director Tia Porter said: “We commend Casey’s efforts toward using te reo as an element in her campaign towards the Miss Cook Islands title.
“It’s great to see young women proud to speak their language.”