Security firm bridges the safety gap

Tuesday June 25, 2019 Written by Published in Local

Last chance to get involved in the Vaka Pride awards.

Rarotonga Security does much of its work in the dark of night.

But despite that, the role the company plays in keeping Avarua township safe from criminal activities has not gone unnoticed.

Its past five years’ work has earned the company a nomination in the prestigious Tupuranga Tangata champion award of the Vaka Pride competition.

The Cook Islands Tourism award recognises the efforts of those who keep the community clean and safe.


Since its establishment, Rarotonga Security has grown by leaps and bounds.

Owner Makirere Poila said the nomination was a major boost in their effort to keep the island safe. He employs six people who do shift work, mainly after hours, patrolling the shops.

“We have businesses who pay us a fee to provide security services for them after hours,” Poila said.

“We also have two security officers who have been hired by Landholdings to direct traffic at the bridge they are constructing in Titikaveka from 5 to 7 in the morning. We have people at the bridge on Sundays as well, to provide this service.”

Apart from Rarotonga Security, Victor Teao and Titikaveka Community Watch are also nominated for the Tupuranga Tangata champion.

Cook Islands Tourism destination development coordinator Sieni Tiraa said the Vaka Pride competition was well underway with judging set to start later this week.

Around the island, inspections are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Tiraa said.

“The Vaka Pride committee’s main focus for day one will be on the management of crops and or/livestock. This will count towards points for this round of the Peu Maori category,” Tiraa said.

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