Cultural creativity on show tonight

Saturday October 10, 2015 Written by Mana Media - Matariki Wilson Published in Entertainment
Miss CI pareu: Miss Cook Islands title hopeful Tumanava Wilmot and fellow contestants will take to the National Auditorium runway this evening for an evening of cultural creativity in four judged categories. Miss CI pareu: Miss Cook Islands title hopeful Tumanava Wilmot and fellow contestants will take to the National Auditorium runway this evening for an evening of cultural creativity in four judged categories.

Cultural creativity will be to the fore at tonight’s Miss Cook Islands Association’s judged competition to be held at the National Auditorium.

With four categories to be contested by the 10 Miss Cook Islands-title hopefuls – supporters of the national event are in for a colourful and creative treat.

The 10 contestants will showcase their deportment skills while letting their personalities shine through on the catwalk in the four judged categories including swimwear, pareu, mu’umu’u and the exciting new rakei tiare wearable arts category.

Seven judges, all with extensive experience in cultural and business etiquette, will be judging the young women over the four categories.

In the swimwear category, expect the bikini-clad young ladies to really let their personalities shine, with their beachwear enhanced by accessories and jewellery by Moana Gems.

Judges will also be looking at how each contestant carries herself down the catwalk and interacts with the audience.

The audience will have the chance to vote for who they think will be crowned Miss Cook Islands through the “people’s choice” text poll.

The poll will only be for the swimwear category with the people’s choice award to be announced at the end of the show – so don’t forget to top up when you head to the show. 

In the pareu category, each contestant will be given a three metre length of pareu designed by Annie Ama of Te Waka Art.

Creativity in tying the pareu will be what judges will be looking for in this category, which gives the hardworking creative team behind each contestant the opportunity to really get creative and stretch their imaginations.

There is plenty of excitement among organisers and the working teams behind each contestant who have been thinking outside the box to wow the audience in the new Miss Cook Islands category – the rakei tiare wearable art section.

Each contestant has chosen a flower on which to base their wearable outfit and only fresh flowers and leaves will be used in each creation. This is sure to wow the crowd and fill the auditorium with the mesmerising aroma of the islands.

Judges will be looking to see how the wearable art piece is suited to the contestant - and of course, the level of creativity put into the garment. 

No doubt it will be a tough night for the seven judges. 

The final category of the evening will be the elegant mu’umu’u section where no doubt the skills of some of the islands talented designers and seamstresses will come to the fore.

The three-hour show promises to be a delight for the senses and one not to be missed.

Tickets to the show are $10 for adults and a gold coin donation for kids under 12.

Tickets will still be available for sale today at the Islander Hotel in Nikao or check out the Miss Cook Islands booth at the Punanga Nui Markets.

Tickets will also be on sale at the National Auditorium.

After church on Sunday, the contestants will deliver their research in the Environment and Marine Resources pre-pageant presentation at the Islander Hotel in Nikao before their final week of preparations leading up to the finale evening on October 17. 

Show your support for the young women, representing each of the Vaka on the island, and their personal and professional development and get along to the National Auditorium this evening.  

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