The Vaka Pride committee judges the Tupuranga Tangata and Peu Maori categories, while the Akono i te Ao Rangi category is scored by the existing work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Environment Service and the Ministry of Health.
The Akono i te Ao Rangi category focuses on the cleanest public areas and those helping to keep our islands pollution and disease-free. First place was awarded to the Oire of Takuvaine/Tutakimoa, who received a $1500 cash prize.
Second placing went to the Oire of Avatiu, who received a $1000 cash prize.
Both their winning funds will go towards a community project to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the public areas within their villages.
These prizes are 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.
Both villages had very high scores in their monthly clean-up reports produced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However, the village of Takuvaine/Tutakimoa scored the highest overall over a period of four months, from March to June. In addition, both villages had relatively low complaints recorded in these areas through the NES reports and complaints system.
“Congratulations to all the Mana Tiaki champions from the villages of Takuvaine/Tutakimoa and Avatiu who continue to take pride in their areas by keeping it clean and beautiful,” said Sieni Tiraa of Cook Islands Tourism.
“Round 10 of the Vaka Pride competition is already underway with judging scheduled for October, so keep up the good work.”
The Vaka Pride competition is a joint project between the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation and other partners who make up the Vaka Pride committee. These partners include the National Environment Service, Ministry of Health, Cook Islands Police, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister, Cook Islands National Council of Women, and the Ministry of Cultural Development.