Alanna Smith, Anania Piri, Daimzel Rongokea, Luciana Nicholas and Marjorie Toru will all depart for New Zealand at 2.30pm this afternoon for the five-day tournament that begins April 17.
The 2018 Oceania Qualifiers Tournament will be played in the Phyllis Latour Doyle High Wire Trust Arena, 159 Dominion Road, Papakura, Auckland.
In the tournament, the Black Pearls will face Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, and will only need to come in second place to qualify for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
Papua New Guinea will be their first opponent next Tuesday 7pm (Monday 9pm CI time), who are one spot behind the Cook Islands in the international rankings at 18.
Thursday 7pm (Wednesday 9pm CI time) will be the biggest test for the Black Pearls, as they face Fiji, the highest-ranked Pacific Island team at 12.
On Friday at 5pm (Thursday 7pm CI time), the team will face Samoa, ranked 15, before playing Tonga on midday Saturday (Friday 2pm CI time).
For regular updates follow the Netball Cook Islands Facebook page.
Cook Islands Team
Tournament personnel: Event Operations Manager - Patsy Hockin, Event Operations Assistant - Mary Patutama, Field of Play (FOP) Supervisor - Ngere Puia-Fraser, Bench Coordinator - Autiare Luke, Bench Officials - Therese Matara, Karalaini Matenga, Makiroa Teau, Myra Marsters, Team Liaison - Maria Marama, Umpire Liaison - Pauline Harrington, Sponsor Servicing - Taina White-Pittman, Media Services - Temata Marsters-Aitu, Media - Tauraki Rongo, Thomas Peyroux, Maa Nicholas.