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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: "Embraced...Nesian Style."

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 association noted.

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 parade.

"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.

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