‘Kia mau te serenga! Kia mau te napenga!’ is a well-known saying from the island of Tongareva (Penrhyn) meaning to bind and tie a knot so tight that it can withstand any harsh conditions.
This wise saying passed through generations, together with their faith in the Heavenly Father are the foundations paved in building Team Tongareva for Cook Islands Games in October.
Team coordinator Saungaki Rasmussen says their team goal is: “To proudly represent our island to the best of our ability.”
Members of the team have one mind set and one goal in ensuring everyone moves in the same direction, at the same speed, working together to create as little friction and as efficient a journey as possible, Rasmussen says.
“Not only do our members work together toward a common goal, but they motivate, complement and support one another so that our work seems effortless,” he says.
“As quoted by Patrick Lencioni: "Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability”.
“Playing for your island is as much as a question of the will of the heart, and if you want to experience the motion of pride, standing tall for your people ignited.”
Team Tongareva is representing people from their home island Tongareva, their people in New Zealand and Australia and all over the world.
“We as a team also stand in honour of all who have fallen and have carried our island in the past,” Rasmussen says.
“This year, our young people come together to ensure our homeland is proudly represented in the Cook Islands Games. Their will is a force to be reckoned with and they stand proud and tall in representing a place close to their hearts, a place called home, a place called Tongareva.”
Team Tongareva has been working tirelessly in planning and preparing for Cook Islands Games and their upcoming fundraising events.
On Saturday September 19, they have a run-a-thon scheduled, where the young people in the team will hit the road to ask for donations that will help to pay for uniforms.
Their major fundraising event, a Netball Mix Competition will be held at Raemaru Park in Arorangi on Saturday September 26 starting from 10am.
All Team Tongareva fundraising events are in aid of their team’s sports uniforms for Cook Islands Games.