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BCI sets sail to bright banking future

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The Bank of the Cook Islands set its vaka on a course to a brighter banking future on Thursday night unveiling the new BCI Vaka Debit MasterCard.

Bank of the Cook Islands managing director Vaine Nooana-Arioka was presented with a certificate in honour of the partnership between BCI and Co-Op Services NZ

Bank of the Cook Islands managing director Vaine Nooana-Arioka was presented with a certificate in honour of the partnership between BCI and Co-Op Services NZ

The Bank of the Cook Islands set its vaka on a course to a brighter banking future on Thursday night unveiling the new BCI Vaka Debit MasterCard.
Featuring a stunning image of double-hulled voyaging vaka Marumaru Atua, the people’s bank invites the community to join them on the journey.
Ultimately the new card will allow BCI clients ease of access to their funds no matter where in the world they are.
Representatives from MasterCard and Co-Op Services New Zealand said their partnership with BCI has been an exciting journey and they were looking forward to hearing about the international destinations voyaging BCI clients are able to use their Vaka Debit MasterCard. 
While the new card will go live from May 16, the unveiling evening was one of celebrations for the work and achievements by the banks dedicated staff with managing director Vaine Nooana-Arioka at the helm of the vaka.
And like the vaka, traditional master navigator Tua Pittman drew similarities between the banks journey and a voyaging crew – with each person playing their part to sail the vaka forward to success.
In her address, Nooana-Arioka paid tribute to her hardworking BCI team who have toiled for many years to position itself as the bank of choice.
She says the bank is poised with the purpose of taking its clients into the future of banking. 
Her tributes also extended to the Cook Islands Voyaging Society for allowing the use of an image of Vaka Marumaru Atua for the new BCI Vaka Debit MasterCard.
She presented a donation for the future voyaging endeavours of the society to Cook Islands Voyaging Society president Ian Karika and master traditional navigator Tua Pittman. 
Pittman shared the society’s pride in having the iconic vaka as the image of the BCI Vaka Debit MasterCard. 
In true Cook Islands style, the night of celebrations was one of real enjoyment filled with song and dance including the banks own dance troupe, the BCI superstars, performing specially composed drum and action song dances for the Vaka card. 
Even special guest Sir Michael Hill couldn’t refuse an offer to dance in the famous ‘ura piani’ proving he had the hips of an island warrior and giving minister of finance Mark Brown a run for his money on stage.
The renowned Kiwi jeweller and businessman shared some insights into his own voyage as a businessman through turbulent waters to the successful entrepreneur he is today.
In his address he marvelled at the beauty of the islands and encouraged the guests gathered to keep the simple beauty and balance he feels on the island.
BCI, a gold sponsor of the biennial Air NZ tourism awards held last night, is proud to bring a high calibre businessman as the guest speaker for the awards. 
Sir Michael Hill was presented with a pair of Cook Islands black pearl cufflinks before joining in the milestone celebrations which also included a large Vaka Marumaru Atua cake including sails.
A number of special souvenir BCI Vaka MasterCard were gifted to clients on the night and from May 16, the BCI Vaka Debit MasterCard will go live so join BCI on the journey to a bright banking future. –Mana Media

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