Te Vaka O Ru Round #3 Results: 

Te Vaka O Ru (TVOR) competition on the island of Aitutaki is mirrored on the Vaka Pride competition on Rarotonga. The TVOR committee which is made up of representatives from Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, Aitutaki Conservation Trust, National Environment Services and the Police department, are the decision makers for the competition.

Previously, TVOR was judged by the 3 constituencies on Aitutaki – AU, ARE NIKAU and VAIVAITAU. The TVOR committee decided to move from judging by constituencies to villages, similar to the Vaka Pride competition. This is the first round of TVOR that the competition has implemented judging by village and so far it has been a successful one.

Last week, Friday the 31st of April TVOR held their final judging and inspection of the villages for the competition.

With the combined results from the TVOR committee the winners for this round of the competition have been finalised and are as follows:
Akono i te ao rangi, with a cash prize of $2,500 was awarded to Amuri
Tupuranga Tangata, with a cash prize of $1,250 was awarded to Reureu
Peu Maori, with a cash prize of $1,250 was awarded to Amuri

The TVOR committee awarded the Akono I te Ao Rangi and Peu Maori prizes to the village of Amuri. Taken from the TVOR committee’s monthly inspections, the village of Amuri was noted to have conducted regular clean ups, replanted some Tipani trees along their roadside as a beautification project, and maintained public areas, to earn their win.

The small village of Reureu stood out for the committee by taking the recently added community initiatives in the Tupuranga Tangata category to another level. On inspection day the people of Reureu showcased their Tivaevae, handy crafts and highlighted their proactive cultural initiatives. It was these community initiatives that the community of Reureu attributed to there being NO crime in the village of Reureu.

The prize giving for TVOR was last Friday the 7th of April 2017 and all winners were announced and acknowledged on live broadcast with Aitutaki radio station.

Well done to the people on the beautiful island of Aitutaki who participated in their village clean up. The next round for TVOR is already underway with judging scheduled to take place at the end of June. So, keep up the good work Araura Enua!

For more information about the Te Vaka O Ru competition, contact Misepa Isamaela on: [email protected]

Te Vaka O Ru Round #2 Results:

Te Vaka O Ru Round 2 Prize Giving: A massive congratulations to AU (Amuri – Ureia) constituency for taking out the Akono I Te Ao Rangi category and awarded a cash prize of $2,500. The community of Amuri have continued to maintain their clean-up/recycling program since the beginning of Round 1. Beaches are regularly cleaned from any man-made litter with the children sorting the recyclables. This has enabled them to understand the recycling process and become proactive at keeping the environment clean and pristine. It is now evident the work being done is maintaining the first rounds initial big clean up. Mosquito breeding sites, in particular at Ootu are being cleared by an Ootu beach resident and is also ongoing with the support of the Au community.
Peu Maori category was awarded to ARE NIKAU (Arutanga, Reureu, Nikaupara) with a cash prize of $1,250 for their fantastic efforts in maintaining the beach area as noted in category 1. The three villages have moved further inland as identified in their project plan and have undertaken a major cleanup of roadsides and public areas across all three villages in this constituency. Beautification was also addressed in this round, by trimming hedges on public roads as well as around the Araura College grounds.
Tupuranga Tangata was awarded to VAIVAITAU (Vaipeka, Vaipae, Tautu) with a cash prize of $1,250 as livestock areas seen in this constituency are well looked after and kept clean and also kept away from dwellings, as this has been raised as a concern from the Ministry of Health. It encourages all members within their respective constituencies to seriously look at their livestock practices and its impacts. In terms of crime rate, it is evident that Vaivaitau have stepped up by minimizing crime activities/involvement to ensure they have a fighting chance at being rewarded.
Meitaki Atupaka to each constituency for your continuous efforts to be tidy kuki’s and for doing your part in keeping our little paradise clean, green and beautiful. Bring on Round 3 which will run from November 2016 to January 2017.


Te Vaka O Ru Round 1 Results:

The awards ceremony for the first round of the Te Vaka O Ru competition was held on Thursday 30th June on the island of Aitutaki. Congratulations go to Are Nikau constituency (Arutanga, Reureu, Nikaupara) for taking out the major category of Akono i te Ao Rangi, winning $2,500.  AU constituency (Amuri – Ureia) took out the Tupuranga Tangata category and won $1,250 towards their Children’s community sports initiatives.  For the Peu Maori category the Vaivaitau constituency (Vaipae, Vaipeka, Tautu) won $1,250 for having the best kept flower gardens and public areas such as sports fields, on the island.  Like Vaka Pride, all funding won goes towards a community project of their choice.  Once again congratulations to each district for being great Mana Tiaki’s and helping to keep Aitutaki Clean, Green and Beautiful.


Te Vaka O Ru (TVOR) Update

The constituency of Au have been busy gaining tally marks for the Te Vaka O Ru competition in Aitutaki. They were out last week collecting rubbish from the Aitutaki Airport to the Amuri Hall, each day ending with meals being served to these proud guardians as a small gesture of appreciation. Au continues to lead by example says the TVOR committee.

We are looking forward to seeing all the constituencies of Aitutaki get behind the competition to activate their social & cultural responsibility to keep Aitutaki a little clean & tidy paradise, says Te Vaka O Ru coordinator, Misepa Isamaela. 

Te Vaka O Ru is off to a great start

This week saw the youth of Amuri take on the role of great Mana Tiaki’s as they set out to collect rubbish along the Amuri beaches and the airport roadside. Coming together fortnightly for at least an hour to an hour and a half of cleaning of the community to ensure their #littleparadise is kept clean and tidy. The ever so famous Kia Orana Spirit kicks into overdrive at the end of each day as local businesses donate food to feed the Mana Tiaki’s as a reward for their hard work.

The driving backbone behind this project Te Vaka O Ru is the ever so eager, hardworking committee members who come from a number of sectors from L-R:
Vavia Puapii (National Environment Service), Mataiti Pitomaki (Ministry of Health), Naomi Patterson (Aitutaki Conservation Trust), Alfred Marsters (Police) 
Absent: Kaleena Davey (INTAFF)

The committee members set out once a month to conduct site inspections around Aitutaki to ensure the standards are kept high. Stay tuned for more updates on the progress of Te Vaka O Ru. 

Te Vaka O Ru Competition Launches in Aitutaki:

Due to the fantastic turnout with the Vaka Pride Competition here on Rarotonga, we have decided to launch a similar competition in Aitutaki and have named it Te Vaka O Ru. Te Vaka O Ru Competition provides the people of Aitutaki the opportunity to be part of a rewarding project that will benefit their village, community and island. 

Click on the link below to download an application form: