For the first Cook Islands women’s team to compete in Takapuna’s 42km relay, the other paddlers weren’t their real opponents. It was the cold.
Many paddlers reckoned the musicians, dancers and caterers deserved their own medal at Vaka Eiva 2019’s opening night festivities. Story and photo by Harvie Allison.
It will not only be the race to the finish line, but a race against the time as well in the much-anticipated Round Raro Relay in the 2019 Matson Vaka Eiva.
Vaka Eiva 2019 boasts the return of a youth competition after three years. Anneka Brown spends the afternoon with one of the local teams getting ready for the competition off Nikao beach.