Left: A representative from The Vaka Cruise receives Paul Turepu's A1 Meitaki Award from Aitutaki mayor Tekura “Poo” Bishop on Friday last week. 19061710
Renowned lagoon tour company The Vaka Cruise was the big winner at the A1 Meitaki Awards on the island of Aitutaki on Friday last week.
It claimed four awards, including three going to its staff Arerau “Ali” Maao, Paul Turepu and Andrew Rave, for providing excellent customer service to the tourism industry. Twelve recipients in total were bestowed with the A1 Meitaki Awards.
The award is presented to deserving individuals and businesses for encouraging “the Kia Orana spirit”.
The event coincided with the official opening of the new Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute campus at the old Amuri School, as well as the Te Rito and Training Institute graduation ceremony for Aitutaki students.
It was attended by prime minister Henry Puna, who is also the minister responsible for tourism and education, as well as the mayor of Aitutaki Tekura “Poo” Bishop.
Last week, Cook Islands Tourism celebrated the Kia Orana Week activities with the Tereora College Careers Day at the Domes.
Cook Islands Tourism director of destination development Metua Vaiimene said over 500 students from Year 10 to Year 13, participated in the careers day.
“On Wednesday, Cook Islands Tourism alongside other government agencies and a number of businesses joined Tereora College at their careers expo. The event showcased a number of career pathway options available to students here in the Cook Islands,” Vaiimene said.
“In the end all four colleges on Rarotonga managed to send their students to the careers day planned initially for Tereora students only.”
Vaiimene added the Cook Islands Tourism staff focused on enlightening the students on the different career paths offered at the Tourism Office.
“Many of the students expressed their interest in wanting to work for Cook Islands Tourism, and to be able to give back to their community so they were all signed up to an email database to receive more information about tourism in the future.”