The Hat and Hound Event sponsored by the Crown Beach Resort was unquestionably a resounding success: not only in terms of the number of talented entrants and their Guests, but also in terms of the good clean fun enjoyed by the whole family and most of all: the amount of funds raised to support the Cook Island’s SPCA. In addition to funds raised through ticket sales, there was an enthusiastic groundswell of spontaneous generosity, with the largest of the single / personal donations amounting to a whopping $1,000.00. This set the tone for an evening bursting with goodwill and similar significant random acts of generosity.
Due to the sheer value of the 1st / 2nd / 3rd prizes sponsored by the Crown Beach Resort, the Handmade Hat Competition was hotly contested – with visiting Tourists as well as Locals eagerly parading their innovative creations up on the stage, and explaining the ‘meaning’ behind their hat designs to the 5 strong panel of Judges: consisting of Trish Barton [CEO the Bond Store], Stephanie Saunders [Chief Inspector SPCA], Sharon Reichardt [ President Cook Island’s SPCA], Marisa Newman [Country Manager Air New Zealand] and Halatoa Fua [CEO Cook Islands Tourism Corporation].
The winning 3 hats earned the contestants holiday breaks at the Crown Beach Resort in one of the luxury Courtyard Pool Suites ranging from a weekend getaway through to full-on 5 to 7 night packages with generous additional Food / Beverage/ Spa credits.
The highlight of the evening consisted of viewing the video entries portraying the talents and strange habits the 9 local dog wanna-be movie star contenders. The standard and cinematic quality of these entries was outstanding, and the quirky antics of our local dogs was absolutely hilarious. Video content ranged from the determined impersonation of a Cockerel performed by ‘Ripper’; to stunningly beautiful representations of ‘Doggie-Heaven in Paradise’ performed by the very talented ‘Toa’, ‘Tama’ and ‘Mr.Patch’. Other very enjoyable videos viewed, depicted the talents of ‘Dingo’, Sparky’, ‘Bella’, ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Honey’. Judged ‘Rarotonga’s Most Amazing Dog’ was ‘Bruno’: whose talents included taking Guests out on Kayaks, saving ‘drowning’ dolls from the Lagoon and scaring Guests half to death by wandering around the Resort in a giant hairy spider outfit….Second prize went to ‘Mr. Patch’, followed by ‘Toa’ in third place.
These talented Dogs earned their owners an accommodation voucher donated by the Sunset Resort, a Travel voucher donated by Air New Zealand, a Spa Voucher donated by the Muri Beach Club Hotel and numerous Food and Beverage Vouchers to dine at Flambé Restaurant, donated by the Crown Beach Resort. The Dogs themselves earned themselves won Doggie-Hampers – filled with toys, treats and only the very best in dog food.
Halatoa Fua has confirmed that ‘Bruno’ will now be moving on to take the lead role in the Cook Islands’ Tourism Corporations next promotional video, and rumour has it that he has already commenced his ‘stunt training’ for this fun and challenging role….