Judging begins for Vaka Pride and Te Vaka O Ru

Tuesday June 19, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
Members of the Vaka Pride committee pictured before judging began yesterday. Members of the Vaka Pride committee pictured before judging began yesterday.

The Vaka Pride committee started their quarterly judging for round nine competition yesterday.


Yesterday’s judging focused on plantations and today, the committee will look at marae (historical sites).

Both of the competitions fall into the “Peu Maori” category which looks at the overall tidiness of villages and their surrounding areas.

Alongside this category, the judges will also review the “Tupuranga Tangata” category which will focus on community initiatives that assist with dog issues and crime in each of the villages.

The judging for Te Vaka O Ru on the island of Aitutaki will also take place, starting tomorrow. It will focus on the upkeep of public areas and community initiatives.

“The Vaka Pride competition started in 2015 and has undergone a number of changes since its launch to improve the competition and increase the number of organisations involved,” Cook Islands Tourism’s Sieni Tiraa said.

“We are now at round nine of the Vaka Pride competition and we have seen many valuable projects come into fruition through this initiative.”

Completed community projects as a result of funding won from Vaka Pride have included beautification projects, upkeep of public burial grounds and historical sites, renovation of bus shelters, clearing of hiking treks, purchase of a ride on lawn mower for public cleaning grounds, to name just some, said Tiraa.

“Get your community groups ready to participate in the Vaka Pride competition to win funding to go towards a community initiative,” she said.

“All the best to all the Mana Tiaki groups and individuals who are doing their part for a cleaner and safer little paradise.”

For more information or to get involved, contact Tiraa on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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