A highly regarded New Zealand paddler has returned to Rarotonga for the opening of Vaka Eiva after winning an award that recognises prolific voluntary work in the community.
The unforgiving weather did not stop the supporters and paddlers from gathering for the grand celebration - the official opening and prizegiving for the Matson Vaka Eiva 2017 on Saturday night.
Saturday saw the opening on the annual 2017 Matson Vaka Eiva paddling competition. Despite the tough conditions, which one spectator described as “cyclone-like”, the brave men and women paddlers were undaunted. Although the races were shortened for safety reasons, the spirits of the competitors and supporters was not diminished.
Australia-based team “Mixed Bag of Nuts” is looking forward to the experience at this year’s Matson Vaka Eiva which starts this afternoon with the official opening at the Avarua Wharf Vaka Shed.
With only three days to go until Vaka Eiva, the largest annual international event on the Cook Islands calendar, the Cook Islands Canoeing Association is looking forward to the culmination of a year of planning
Top female paddler Serena Hunter has made a switch to Te Tupu o Te Manava open women’s team ahead of this year’s Matson Vaka Eiva which starts next week.
The organisers of the 2017 Matson Vaka Eiva are making great strides in getting sponsors onboard for the biggest event on the Cook Islands sporting calendar.