Miss Cook Islands

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Miss Cook Islands Association (MCIA)
Maine Kuki Airani
TypeBeauty pageant
Official language
Dianna Clarke-Bates

The Miss Cook Islands is the national beauty pageant in the Cook Islands in under Miss Cook Islands Association (MCIA). The current reigning titleholder is Tajiya Sahay who was crowned in October 2019.[1]



The Maine Kuki Airani (Miss Cook Islands) national pageant was held for the first time in 1960 and was usually happening in every two years.[citation needed] In the Miss Cook Islands pageant, beauty encompasses physical attributes and qualities that are seen to represent the community at large; respectability, talent and commitment to Cook Islands value. An yet, competing for the representative role of Miss Cook Islands necessitates that the participants negotiate contradictory moral proscriptions that define Cook Islands femininity.[2]

International competitions

In 1998 the Miss Cook Islands franchised the Miss Universe and Miss South Pacific licenses. The Miss Cook Islands was patronized by Pa Te Ariki Upokotini Marie and Ui Ariki. Between 1983 and 1999 the Miss Cook Islands winners went to the Miss Universe competition.

Today, Miss Cook Islands is patronised by the First Lady - Mrs Akaiti Puna - the wife of Prime Minister - Hon. Henry Puna. Miss Cook Islands Association ('MCIA') is a non-profit organisation that owns and operates the Miss Cook Islands Pageant, based on Rarotonga, the Cook Islands. It has evolved into a professionally operated pageant with a passion & focus on developing young Cook Islands women to be the best versions of themselves; and giving them opportunities to showcase their talent & skill on a world stage.

'Identity & Heritage' are the core themes of Miss Cook Islands as the pageant strives to ignite cultural pride & self-worth in Cook Islands youth. The main sponsors of the pageant include the Government of the Cook Islands and the largest companies in the Cook Islands. [3][4] Every year the Miss Cook Islands prepares the Top 3 to Miss World, Miss International and Miss Grand International competitions. 2018, 2nd Runner up will represent the country at Miss Grand International; 1st Runner up will represent the country at Miss International; Miss Cook Islands will represent the country at Miss World. 2020 will see the return of Miss Cook Islands to Miss Universe, in addition to Miss World and Miss Grand International 2020. Miss Cook Islands 2019 Coronation is scheduled for Saturday 26 October 2019 at the National Auditorium at Rarotonga, Cook Islands.


Year Miss Cook Islands[5]
1960 June Taringa (Baudinet)
1961 Tara Utanga (Scott)
1972 Joanna Taria Rere
1973 Ina Manuel Karika
1979 Ellena Tavioni
1980 Moari Luka-Fortes
1981 Celine Tommy
1982 Carmena Blake (Wong)
1983 Margaret Brown (Numanga)
1984 Essie Apolonia Mokotupu
1985 Lorna Sawtell
1986 Michelle Leone Oberg
1988 Annie Wigmore
1989 Angela Manarangi
1990 Raema Chitty
1991 Jeannine Tuavera (Piri)
1993 Leilani Brown
1994 Tarita Brown
1995 Victoria (Vicky) Keil
1998 Tina Marie Vogel
2000 Louisa Mayor Browne
2002 Donna Tuarra
2004 Noovai Tylor
2006 Krystina Te-Rangi Elizabeth Kauvai
2009 Engara Melanie Amanda Gosselin
2012 Teuira Napa
2014 Felicia Rose George
2015 Natalia Short
2016 Lydia Simonis Tariu
2017 Alanna Smith
2018 Reihana Koteka-Wiki
2019 Tajiya Eikura Sahay


  1. ^ "MISS COOK ISLANDS 2019 - TAJIYA SAHAY". The Coconet. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  2. ^ Alexeyeff, Kalissa (18 October 2018). Dancing from the Heart: Movement, Gender, and Cook Islands Globalization. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824832445. Retrieved 18 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Matariki Wilson. "Miss Cook Islands prepares for Miss World". Cookislandnews.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Strong line up for Miss Cook Islands title". Cookislandnews.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  5. ^ Melina Etches (28 September 2018). "Miss Cook Islands: 'Don't be pretentious'". Cook Islands News. Retrieved 25 December 2020.