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It’s (Aka’uka) Time for the closing ceremony

Saturday 15 October 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National


It’s (Aka’uka) Time for the closing ceremony
The founder of Aka’uka Time - Esther Strickland. BCI/22060322

Seventy ladies of exercise dance group Aka’uka Time have been in full preparation for the 2022 Cook Islands Games closing ceremony to be held tonight at the National Stadium.

Squad leader, Tangi Tauira said the dancers were “all shapes and sizes” and were different ages.

“Not everyone was able to join the games, some of us weren’t sports athletes, so this is a great opportunity for all of us to be a part of Cook Islands Games,” Tauira said.

The performers have been practicing almost every day since last week in preparation to entertain an audience that Tauira expects to be in the thousands. 

“This is one of our biggest shows,” she said. “We believe in everyone and we have faith everything will go as planned.”

The dance group have been given 10 to 15 minutes for their set.

At 5pm teams are to assemble at Nikao Sports Field. Invited dignitaries and guests are to be seated by 6pm.

During the event, speeches will be given by the Prime Minister and trophy’s will be presented in the Youth, Masters and Open division.

The event is scheduled to finish at 8.45pm with fireworks.