Prizes were awarded in three categories.
The Akono I te Ao Rangi category focuses on the cleanest public areas, helping to keep our islands pollution and disease-free. The $3000 first prize was won by Takuvaine/Tutakimoa, with Tupapa/Maraerenga placed second to win $2000.
A spokesperson for the competition said prizes in the category were awarded to the village with the most points collected from Ministry of Internal Affairs monthly Tama Oire clean-up results, Ministry of Health Tutaka results, and the National Environment Service (NES) complaints reports.
The Peu Maori category evaluates villages on their efforts to maintain the overall tidiness of their villages and surrounding areas.
This round of the competition focused on flower gardens. Individuals within each village were chosen and nominated by their village committees to receive special prizes from the Vaka Pride Committee.
First place equal was won by Ana Savage and Maryanne Strickland.
Savage won two nights’ accommodation in a premium garden suite at the four-star, adults only Manuia Beach Resort, while Strickland won two nights in a premium garden suite at Pacific Resort.
The consolation prize went to Tinomana Tokerau Ariki who won a voucher for the Crown Beach Resort and Spa Island Night buffet. The Tupuranga Tangata category which judges villages on their community efforts to address issues of crime, dogs, pests, and safety-related issues, was won by the Tupapa Maraerenga Community Policing team which received $1,500.
Second prize of $1000 went to the “A” Team, while the consolation prize of two nights’ accommodation at Muri Beach Hotel was won by Are Manu Clinic.
Thanks to Pacific Resort Rarotonga, Manuia Beach Resort, Muri Beach Club Hotel and Crown Beach Resort and Spa for their prize contributions for this round of the Vaka Pride competition.
The 8th round of the Vaka Pride competition is scheduled for February 2018.