With the dates finalised and theme set, members of the various Miss Pacific Islands countries are finalising travel plans to the Cooks for the annual Pacific showcase.
So far contestants that have been confirmed are Miss Tonga Brittne Fuimaono, Miss Samoa Ariana Taufao along with Miss Cook Islands Felicia George.
American Samoa, Solomon Islands, and PNG have also confirmed their attendance with their own pageants to be held in the coming months.
Despite confusion over which association will host Miss Pacific, the Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association would like to refute claims by Dianna Clarke-Bates and her team.
“The Miss Pacific Islands Board have confirmed in writing that MCIPA holds the franchise for the Miss Pacific Islands pageant in the Cook Islands,” says MCIPA president Clee Marsters.
He says despite attempted interference by the Prime Minister and Nick Henry, the Miss Pacific Islands Board have reconfirmed their support for MCIPA and attendance at the pageant later this year.
The current Miss Pacific Islands Latafale Auva’a will be visiting the Cook Islands in October ahead of the pageant as a guest of MCIPA.
“Latafale Auva’a will not be able to join us in December for the pageant so she will visit the Cook Islands in October instead,” says Marsters.
He says the Miss Pacific Islands Board has also agreed for our very own Teuira Napa to crown the winner of Miss Pacific.
MCIPA say a number of volunteers have joined the organising committee since the successful Miss Cook Islands pageant earlier this month.
Anyone interested in helping with preparations for Miss Pacific Islands can contact any of the MCIPA executives, or visit their Facebook page.
Read more about the legal battle between the two pageant associations, and how this came to be, on page 2.