Since its establishment, Rarotonga Security has grown by leaps and bounds.
Owner Makirere Poila said the nomination was a major boost in their effort to keep the island safe. He employs six people who do shift work, mainly after hours, patrolling the shops.
“We have businesses who pay us a fee to provide security services for them after hours,” Poila said.
“We also have two security officers who have been hired by Landholdings to direct traffic at the bridge they are constructing in Titikaveka from 5 to 7 in the morning. We have people at the bridge on Sundays as well, to provide this service.”
Apart from Rarotonga Security, Victor Teao and Titikaveka Community Watch are also nominated for the Tupuranga Tangata champion.
Cook Islands Tourism destination development coordinator Sieni Tiraa said the Vaka Pride competition was well underway with judging set to start later this week.
Around the island, inspections are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Tiraa said.
“The Vaka Pride committee’s main focus for day one will be on the management of crops and or/livestock. This will count towards points for this round of the Peu Maori category,” Tiraa said.