A1 Meitaki Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday, September the 27th in commemoration of ‘World Tourism Day’ Cook Islands Tourism acknowledged the ‘Top 20’ A1 Meitaki Award Nominee’s from the first six months of the A1 Meitaki Awards programme which started in July 2015.  The commemoration event was held at 12 noon at the Maire Nui Park (opposite the Banana Court).  There was a fantastic turnout with all recipients, special guest as well as tourist who joined the Tourism Industry to celebrate the outstanding ‘Top 20’ individuals and organizations highlighted by our visitors. Meitaki Maata to all those who received awards, may you continue to provide A1 Meitaki service to our visitors and local people and be true Mana Tiaki’s of our islands. Don’t forget round 2 is well underway and nominations continue to come through, you could be next to receive an A1 Meitaki Award.

Nomination forms and drop boxes for the A1 Meitaki Awards are located at the Cook Islands Tourism Visitors Information Centre, the Rarotonga Airport Departure Lounge, or simply CLICK HERE to download an A1 Meitaki Award Nomination Form. 



Apu was successfully nominated for the A1 Meitaki Awards and a recipient of the A1 Meitaki awards ceremony coordinated by Cook Islands Tourism in September 2016. The A1 Meitaki programme provides our visitors the opportunity to nominate an individual or a business for their outstanding customer service. Apu was a special case in that he was a repeat nominee throughout all the A1 Meitaki Award rounds displaying his consistent quality service to the tourism industry of the Cook Islands. Visitors described Apu to be a true asset to the Cook Islands as he was extremely helpful, thoughtful, caring and humorous. He show cased Kia Orana Values by offering exceptional service through his vivacious personality. His knowledge of the Cook Islands was vast which he was always happy to share with everyone on board his bus. A common theme from visitors through the A1 Meitaki scheme was that “He definitely made riding the Cook’s Buses an enjoyable experience.” Apart from putting a smile on the faces of our visitors he also built lifelong friendships with the young children who caught his bus to and from school during the week. They too enjoyed his jokes and stories. Apu meant a lot to many of these children and many of them took to social media to share their experiences and encounters whilst on-board Apu’s bus. He will be truly missed by many.