The annual youth Te Maeva Tini is held annually over the holiday weekend (May 30 – June 1), and it seconds as a memorial race for the late Alan Maki who was a keen Aitutaki paddler.
To prepare for the event, Te Tupu junior paddlers have been training hard and now they are in fundraising mode in order to pay for their trip to Aitutaki to challenge their peers on the water.
The junior team’s name, Kia Toa Moana, reflects the fact that most of the members of the paddling team are from Tereora College.
One of the team’s fundraising events is a Blue Light Disco to be held this evening at the St Josephs Hall in Tutakimoa.
Blue Light is a youth policing programme and the event will have police supervision, reassuring parents that the youth disco will be well supervised. The event is for year 9, 10 and 11 students.
Tonight’s disco will rock on from 7pm onwards, with an entry fee of $5 and loads of food and drinks for sale.
But adults haven’t been missed out, as the paddling team will hold another fundraiser next Wednesday in the form of a quiz night for parents and the general adult community.
The quiz night will be held at the Rarotonga Golf Club in Nikao with a full cash bar service, kai kai, prizes and quick raffles.