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Since the inaugural Vaka Eiva in 2004, as hosts to what has become the largest annual sporting event in the Cook Islands, The Cook Islands Canoeing Assocaition have a responsibility to ensure that Vaka Eiva’s impact on our fragile environment is kept to an absolute minimum.
Our efforts have been recognised by the Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards for which we have been a finalist in both the inaugural awards of 2009/10 and then again in 2011/12 for the Environment and Sustainability Category and we were the supreme winners in 2009/10. Vaka Eiva also received a “GREEN AWARD” from the Te Ipukarea Society, a local environment NGO for “Our perseverance in finding and implementing greener initiatives to reduce the impact on the environment from such a large event.”
We know that all of you Paddlers on the whole are a ‘green’ bunch who are all in touch with nature and your surroundings and are mindful of your role in leaving a race venue as they found it.
Vaka Eiva also has the support of local businesses and organisations that champion our cause and are affectionately known as the Vaka Eiva Eco Partners who help us achieve our environmental goals.
Some info on our Eco Partners and how they contribute – support them as they support us!
CITC (Cook Islands Trading Corporation)
CITC through various programs strives to promote awareness of keeping our island green. CITC has respect for the Environment and where possible we support events that endeavour to minimise any harmful effects to our environment.
We are excited to be a part of Vaka Eiva and are happy to provide assistance with the recycling of all waste to ensure there is minimal harmful effect on the environment and by making certain that only biodegradable products are used.
It is important to us as a business leader that we take initiatives to guide our community in environmental protection and we are happy to work with organizations and community interests to protect and enhance our environment.
CITC is proud to be an Eco Partner of the 2016 Vaka Eiva and we wish all the paddlers and supporters good luck and hope you enjoy this year’s event.