Toanui Isamaela wears a mask that was made by the Amuri task force as part of their response to the Covid-19 crisis. 20060911
The eight villages on Aitutaki will each receive a shared cash grant from a pool of $5,000, from Te Vaka O Ru committee.
These funds will be directed to strengthen a pre-nominated community project of their choice and to acknowledge all the valuable work.
Similar to the Vaka Pride programme on Rarotonga, the Te Vaka O Ru are committed to assist with efforts to ensure safety within their communities.
“The Covid-19 crisis has presented an opportunity for continued and strengthened collaboration in the community,” said Cook Islands Tourism’s Misepa Isamaela.
“Each village on the island has pooled together their limited resources to prepare, inform and equip people during the restrictions.”
The village of Amuri will target the funds towards signage for their water station and the purchase of safety gear.
Ureia will use their cash to purchase uniforms for 12 executive members featuring their printed names; tea and coffee station products will also be bought for the volunteers.
The district of Arutanga have opted to dedicate the funds towards a patrol programme – specifically to purchase petrol or diesel to patrol the area during the weekends to increase safety measures, and cut alcohol-related accidents and petty crime.
Reureu have chosen to focus on Operation Namu, reducing mosquito breeding sites, and the beautification of their village along with the purchase of first aid kits.