Twenty teams, which include nine from overseas, will be competing in the five-day tournament played in five grades.
The tournament started with the opening round of round-robin games, which will be followed by the semifinals and finals playoffs, culminating on Tuesday next week.
During the opening ceremony, Netball Cook Islands president PJ Hockin thanked the sponsors and the teams for participating in this year’s Netball in Paradise.
The sponsors include Cook Island Tourism and Bluesky as silver partners, Island Car and Bike Hire as bronze sponsor and Vonnias, Air Rarotonga, Destination Management Cook Islands and Edgewater Resort and Spa as in-kind supporters.
Hockin said the annual tournament was being eyed as a development ground for netball in the Cook Islands.
The divisions in which the competitions will be held this year include Under-15 girls, U17 girls, social ladies, open ladies and mixed teams.
Today: Court 1 – 3.30pm Social Ladies Family First-Dats Us, 4.10pm Under 15's Ka Awatea-Young Guns, 4.47pm Mixed Anguna-Wonkey, 5.24pm Open Ladies Anguna-Whangaruru, 6.01pm Mixed Hiko-Wonkey, 6.38pm Under 15's Anguna-Ka Awatea, 7.15pm Under 17's Anguna-Rising Stars, 7.52pm Open Ladies Anguna-Ruapehu
Court 2 - 3.30pm Open Ladies Ruapehu-Whangaruru, 4.10pm Under 17's Pearls-Waiopehu, 4.47pm Social Ladies Westiez Starz-Dats Us, 5.24pm Under 15's AZZ1 Nesianz-Young Guns, 6.01pm Social Ladies Pearls-Family First, 6.38pm Open Ladies Rising Stars-Anguna, 7.15pm Social Ladies Family First-Westiez Starz, 7.52pm Mixed Sparx-Anguna.