Love of her culture sees Salis really going places

Tuesday June 13, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Miss Cook Islands contestant Salis Tuaputa is passionate about Cook Islands dancing. #MCI_SALIS 17061235 Miss Cook Islands contestant Salis Tuaputa is passionate about Cook Islands dancing. #MCI_SALIS 17061235

Salis is a self-confessed “boring person” – or so she reckons! I beg to differ.


The recently turned 21-year-old is passionate about her culture. She loves dancing and is a member of the Akirata Dance Troupe. It’s her love of dance and culture that has already taken her to Japan and Europe as part of Cook Islands Tourism focused roadshows.

Salis plays for the Arorangi Flames, is very active in church fellowship and activities and wants to complete her university degree in business and marketing and see as much of the world as possible.

Along the way she wants to improve her cooking ability and do all she can to make the world a safer place. She’s a “home” girl who likes listening to R&B and reggae.  She likes watching horror movies and dramas, her favourite movie, which she has seen many times as it “stuck” with her, is “The Help”.

Salis joined the pageant to get out of her “comfort zone”. It was something different, something new and another chance to experience new things. Not exactly your typical “boring person”.


Name: Salis Tuaputa   ,

Birthdate:  May 25, 1996       

Height:  173cm          

Island/Village:  Rarotonga, Puaikura 

School/Work:  Tereora College, Natura Properties Limited  

Family:  Second of five siblings        

Role model:  My parents, Mama and James  

Occupation: Accounts executive

Hobbies:  Cook Islands dancing, netball, spending time with my family, church fellowship and sleeping  

Favourite food:  Caesar salad

Favourite flower:  Tipani

Favourite colour:  Yellow

I would describe my style as: Playful, kind, respectful, understated

A lot of people won’t know this about me: I’m a chocaholic. I would eat only chocolate if I could.

     - Jaewynn McKay

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