mma Tepaeru Kainuku-Walsh, who placed first runner-up in Miss Cook Islands 2019 pageant, has been designated to represent Cook Islands at the 60th Miss International beauty pageant.

The 25-year-old businesswoman owns a food outlet named Nuku Kai. She is an aspiring environmental engineer.

“Emma describes herself as earthy, natural, free-spirited and grounded. It comes as no surprise that increasing her knowledge about traditional food practices and applying this to her business is important to Emma. So too is inspiring our people to honour our unique cultural heritage, preserving indigenous knowledge and the way of life for future generations and encouraging young people to embrace their individual identities.”

Cook Islands has yet to win the Miss International. The country ranks 136th in Missosology Big 5 Ranking. Missosology.Org