NCI president Mii Maui said the annual tournament was an important event for the association in promoting the sport, especially among upcoming players.
This is the seventh year of Netball in Paradise, held in partnership with Destination Management Cook Islands which has been running the tournament for the past three years.
Maui said the major purpose of the tournament was to raise funds to cover annual netball events for all competitions, get resources such as balls, equipment, whistles, rule books, etc., and run workshops for technical officials and umpires.
Money raised from Netball in Paradise also helps NCI to run junior development programmes and help the national teams at the international events.
In terms of a performance pathway, Maui said Netball in Paradise provided local teams with international exposure through visiting teams and quality competition.
“It is an opportunity for our local teams and players to be exposed to a higher level of netball competition. We are expecting very good competitive games this year.”
Maui said the event also helped the tourism sector and the country in general by assisting in economic growth in terms of overseas teams that register to participate. The tournament has recorded a growth in international teams from 19 last year to 27 this year. A total of 36 teams will compete in the Netball in Paradise 2018.
The competition begins today after the official opening ceremony, starting at 8.15am.
Social Ladies – Ahi Kaa/Sue Isaacs, ECB/Vania Maro, Pakuranga United/Amanda Dyson, Mount Albert/Saane Tauri, All In/Honey Amner, Saxons/Eddie Eric, Broconuts/Maryanne Peka, Da Nutz/Jr Hogan, Whangaruru/Tawhi Tua; Open Ladies – The Bubz/Arona Tipene, Canterbury Shakers/Marilyn Hill, Wa Kuki Airani/Mo Hosea, NZ Police/Maree Rang, Thunder Bears/Vicki Young, Cook Islands Power/Claire Wilson; Open Mixed –Churminators/Bernie Tairea, Saxons/Shannon Reece, Mauao/Mikaere Sydney & Vicky Peni, North Harbour/Tania Heke, Wa Kuki Airani/Mo Hosea, The Bubz/Alb Baker, Anguna Adopts/Kopu Anguna, Sparks1/ Tupe, Sparks2/Tupe;
17 years and under – Combined Cook Islands Netball/Kura Williams, Paharakeke/Crystal Jessup, Qld Academy/Nooroa Pomare, Eastern Stars/Nancy Prujean, Taita College/Maureen Thurley, Tupapa/Kopu Anguna, Academy1/ John Glassie, Academy2/John Glassie; 13 years and under – Black Magic/Natalie Falwassar, Wainui/Maree Manarangi Clough, Avatiu U13/Lora Tauri, Tupapa U13/Kura Moeka’a