The purpose of the course is to build “fitter and healthier Pacific forces”.
The course was developed by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) in collaboration with Fijian military forces. The aim is to train participants to instruct physical training in their respective forces. It will emphasise fitness, wellbeing, and instructing others in a safe but meaningful manner.
The two officers will be joined by colleagues from Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji.
Cook Islands Police currently has just one NZDF-qualified instructor, Sergeant Aporo Kirikava.
The two officers have been engaged in pre-course physical work. Miria’s ongoing fitness routine underpins his role with the police as the firearms officer and leadership in search and rescue efforts.
Tou also has been sustaining his fitness gained after representing the country at the recent Hong Kong Sevens. Both officers are anticipating tough physical and mental challenges in Fiji.
The gruelling one-month course will end with theory lessons covering nutrition and dietary considerations, as well as constructing a physical fitness programme.