Palmerston Island conducted their raising of the flag and blessings ceremony on Sunday. 22092606
Three thousand people including athletes, managers and coaches have signed up to participate in the 2022 Cook Islands Games which kicked off yesterday afternoon with the bowling competition.
The 10 island representative teams are gearing up for
the opening ceremony on Friday, with most of the groups having conducted blessings
of their new sports uniforms, and flag raising ceremonies on Sunday.
The participating islands in this year’s Games are:
Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Manihiki, defending champions Mauke, Mitiaro,
Palmerston, Pukapuka/Nassau, Rakahanga and Rarotonga.
Penrhyn Island is not taking part this year and team
official Kuraiti Rasmussen said there had been and there is “too much going on”
for them to prepare a team. However she said they would be fielding a team in
the next Cook Islands Games.
The participating athletes will be battling it out in
25 codes – one up from the 2020 Games – with squash being the new inclusion.
Countless voluntary hours have gone into the
preparations of the Games from the orders of hundreds of t-shirts, accommodation
for the visitors, catering needs, transportation to the various venues and
drinking water supply to name a few.
Each team have over 100 persons to cater for and
organise, the island of Atiu has the highest number with approximately 460.
Listed is the number of each island’s expected
– The assistant chairlady Atingata Tereu said they registered 300 plus athletes
including 150 athletes flying in from Aitutaki starting this week and next
week. The blessings of their uniforms were held last week on Friday for
Rarotonga, and for Aitutaki on Sunday.
island’s representative Simiona Teiotu said they have about 460 (including
coaches and managers) signed up and will be competing in all 25 codes. Their
sports uniforms were blessed on Saturday morning at the St Joseph’s Cathedral
and the team will host their flag raising ceremony today Wednesday at 5pm at
the Atiu Hostel.
Secretary of the team, Annie Kauvarevai said they were “looking forward to the Games
and are well prepared”. The second biggest team with 400 athletes and officials
signed on will compete in all the sports events.
representative, Tunoa Kaina said they will be taking on all the sports codes
and have a good number of approximately 300 athletes registered. A special blessing
ceremony of uniforms was held on Sunday at the National Auditorium, in attendance
was Member of Parliament Akaiti Puna, Ombudswoman Niki Rattle and CISNOC’s Owen
Lewis. The flag raising ceremony will be held on Friday before the opening of
Rima Moeka’a said the team had registered 350 athletes/managers and will participate
in all codes except for cricket. A group of 40 (athletes/supporters) will
arrive from Mauke. The blessing of uniforms was held on Sunday at the Orau O
Mauke by Reverend Orometua Mautaiki Ngametua. The flag raising ceremony will be
held on Friday, 7am sharp at the Apii Nikao school Hall where the team will be
out for the Mighty Arrows in green. Tashi Tutai confirmedthey have 310 (athletes/coaches/managers) registered and will
compete in 23 codes. Ten athletes from Mitiaro are flying in with their
families to attend the Games. The raising of their flag and blessing was held
on Sunday and a dedication church service was held yesterday at 7am at the
Island – Team officialEirangi Marsters
said: “Everyone is hyped up for the Games, we are looking forward to it and
can’t wait.” The flag raising ceremony and blessing of their “fabulous uniforms”
went smoothly on Sunday with the attendance of the King’s Representative Sir
Tom Marsters and Lady Marsters. Palmerston is unfazed with their smaller number
of 100 registrations and participation in 13 sports codes. “We are focused…”
bold blue coloured uniforms stood out at the blessing ceremony on Monday night.
The islands have 300 athletes ready to participate in 22 events, with seven
from the Northern group island travelling to Rarotonga for the Games.
Taulu said they have 233 athletes registered to participate in all the events
except for cycling, cricket and football. The island’s blessing and flag
raising ceremonies were held on Sunday.
main island has 215 athletes who will participate in 22 codes. Team
representative Makiroa Mitchell said the flag raising ceremony will be held at
4pm at “Aunty Mau” Munokoa’s residence on Friday prior to the opening of the Games.
The group’s blessing ceremony was held on Sunday at the Avarua Church.
Rarotonga’s headquarters are Mitchell’s residence at Avatiu and Aunty Mau’s home
at Turamatuitui in Nikao.