Maki That Thing reigns supreme

Monday February 29, 2016 Written by Published in Paddling

Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) team Maki That Thing  – pictured right – won the Corporate Oe Vaka competition at Nikao beach over the weekend.


The team won the final on Saturday after finishing the race in 1 minute 3:18 seconds followed by Just Naughty from Nautilus Resort (1:04:20) and High Flyers from Air Raro (1:05:07) in second and third places, respectively.

However, Just Naughty managed to claim the sector finals on 1:00:78 minutes as well as the best dressed team prize.

The Tereora Titans took out the tug-of-war competition.

Event organising committee official Serena Hunter said they had a fantastic turnout to the annual Corporate Oe Vaka Day with 18 crews from various businesses and government departments competing.

“Fun but obviously competitive, with crews demonstrating some impressive paddling skills, timing and strength,” she said.

“The popular tug of war also saw some serious strength demonstrated, with fun but fierce competition through the day seeing the Tereora College teachers just too strong on the rope.”

The successful Corporate Oe Vaka Day helped raise funds for Cook Islands Canoeing Association’s BSP Vaka Iti Schools Programme starting on March 7.

The organisers thanked sponsors Bluesky, Trader Jacks, 21.3 Vaianas and RaroMart for supporting the event.

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