MISS COOK ISLANDS
Name: Tepaeru Helen Toka
Occupation: Frontline Associate
Kia Orana to the people of the pacific
My name is Tepaeru Helen Toka more commonly known in the Cook Islands as “Miss Kuki” born and raised on the island of Aitutaki.
In my family I have mum and dad and two older siblings a sister and brother who still live in Aitutaki.
I am 21 years of age and did all my primary and secondary schooling on Aitutaki Island and now waiting on a government scholarship to study business abroad, hopefully in New Zealand.
I am currently employed by the bank of the Cook Islands as a “frontline associate” dealing with general enquires regarding both personal and corporate banking.
Health and fitness is very important to me and i love to play all sorts of sports. In fact, I captained the Cook Islands national women’s soccer team at the last Pacific Islands Games 2015 in PNG which gave me the opportunity to lead a fantastic group of Cook Islands women from both the islands and from New Zealand and Australia which tested my patience and determination to do well. We did not win gold but we left feeling like we were winners for our nation which made me proud as captain and I’ll do it all over again if the opportunity arises.
Cook Islands dancing plays a major part in my life giving me an outlet to express my emotions and how I am feeling. I also have an interest in Cook Islands craft making, cultural art and painting and also tye dyeing my own fabrics to create that special outfit for whatever function I may be attending.
I would like to wish all the contestants in this year’s 30th anniversary of the Miss Pacific Islands pageant all the best and no matter what happens be proud of yourself for making it this far. We are all winners from our island nations and with the love and support from our people keep smiling and be best that you can be.