Cook Islands Tourism’s destination development coordinator Sieni Tiraa said the Vaka Pride committee would be going around the island next week inspecting the respective villages.
On Rarotonga, the inspection are scheduled for the coming Tuesday and Wednesday.
Similarly on the island of Mauke, Tiraa said the committee would be conducting their judging for Te Ieie O Te Orau competition in the coming weeks.
“On the first day, the Vaka Pride committee will be focusing on public sports grounds (all rugby fields and netball courts) and in particular their recycling areas. This will count towards points for this round of the Akono I Te Ao Rangi category,” Tiraa said.
“On the second day, the Ministry of Cultural Development will take the lead with site visits organised to historical sites such as maraes, old buildings and public burial grounds. This falls into the Peu Maori category.
“Te Are Manu and the Vaiimaanga Community Watch will be the focus for the Tupuranga Tangata category.”
For the first time, Tiraa said the Vaka Pride committee would be visiting all of Rarotonga’s cyclone shelters as part of their inspection.
“The committee felt that during the cyclone season it was important to strengthen the community links to the agencies who manage the cyclone shelters and reward those villages who are active in supporting and maintaining their cyclone shelters.”
The Te Ieie O Te Orau competition was launched on the island of Mauke in October last year and this will be their second round, coinciding with the Vaka Pride judging dates on Rarotonga.
Tiraa said this competition would focus on their beaches.
“They have tagged their clean up, ‘adopt a beach’ with emphasis on the cleanliness of their particular chosen beach coves and the re planting of vegetation to minimise the effects of shoreline erosion.
“Their committee members are made up of representatives on Mauke from the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry
of Agriculture, Ministry of Marine Resources, Youth, National Environment Service and
Tiraa thanked all the various community groups who are
involved in the Vaka Pride
and Te Ieie O Te Orau competitions for their continued effort in keeping the islands a paradise for residents.
Prizes and winners will be announced in March.
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