Prizes were given out for all of the races during the week, with the top honours going to the Boiler Boys (Te Tupu) who claimed the Pacific Cup for the open men changes race, while Ngakau Toa Vaka took home the Pacific Paddle trophy for open women. While the paddling was the main focus of the week, MC Stephen Doherty announced that the Boiler Swim, which featured 16 swimmers racing for Autism Cook Islands, managed to raise $350 for the cause.
Cook Islands Canoeing Association president Janet Maki took the stage after the prizegiving to reflect on the week.
“What an amazing event this has been. We have heard about a lady suffering from cancer who chose to come to Vaka Eiva to paddle. We heard about a couple who got engaged. And so my heart is full of thanksgiving for this Vaka Eiva,” Maki said.
She also awarded the final prize of the night, the president’s trophy, to the Te Tupu senior master men’s team.
“This award is given to those who deserve special recognition for their contributions during Vaka Eiva.
“Even before Vaka Eiva started they were busy helping, getting everything ready, and they were helping behind the scenes, before and during the event.
“And of course, they were out there paddling and winning medals at the same time.”
The presentations ended with the announcement of the official opening date for next year’s Vaka Eiva competition, which will begin on November 23.