November Miss South pacific Pageant in Cook Islands
AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (September 13, 2002 – Cook Islands
News)---The Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association (MCIPA) has begun
planning for the Miss South Pacific pageant 2002, which will be held on
Rarotonga in November.
The final night will be Friday, November 29 at the National Auditorium.
The MCIPA has announced the Miss South Pacific Pageant 2002 theme:
The theme highlights the unity of the Pacific people as they endeavor to
remain steadfast and continue to nurture their cultures, values and
lifestyles, whether Polynesian, Micronesian or Melanesian.
This year will see an upbeat and energetic approach to the Miss South
Pacific event -- adding a little youthful Cook Islands flavor to
complement the individual essences of the Pacific region, the
The month of November was chosen by the committee to stage the event so
that it coincided with the end of Tiare Festival Week and the float
"This will be a wonderful time to impress and raise our country's
profile at the commencement of the flower season.
"We are thrilled to have won the bid to host this regional event and are
extremely excited at the huge benefits this holds not only for us as a
committee but also for the country as a whole," said a MCIPA statement.
The MCIPA has increased its membership to ensure the effective
management of the event and said it is confident that the standard of
past pageants will be equaled, if not surpassed.
The Cook Islands government sees the Miss South Pacific Pageant as a
favorable opportunity to further highlight young women in society and
has granted partial funding to support the venture.
To date, a total of eight countries and other jurisdictions have
confirmed their participation in this year's pageant. They include
Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Fiji, Hawai‘i, Papua New Guinea and, of course,
the Cook Islands.
Details for the judging criteria for this year's pageant are:
Pre-Pageant Public Interview, Traditional Costume, Talent Section and
Pareau/Sarong/Lava Lava Section.