The Cook Islands female paddlers are jubilant to place third in the New Zealand open women’s Takapuna Beach Cup 42 km race. They received their medals yesterday wearing our signature ei katu.
For the first time, 10 Cook Islands female paddlers – from a teenager to a mother in her fit fifties – will compete at the Takapuna Beach Cup 42km Race in New Zealand.
Many paddlers reckoned the musicians, dancers and caterers deserved their own medal at Vaka Eiva 2019’s opening night festivities. Story and photo by Harvie Allison.
It will not only be the race to the finish line, but a race against the time as well in the much-anticipated Round Raro Relay in the 2019 Matson Vaka Eiva.
Vaka Eiva 2019 boasts the return of a youth competition after three years. Anneka Brown spends the afternoon with one of the local teams getting ready for the competition off Nikao beach.