National pride on minds of Ui Ariki

Monday July 07, 2014 Written by Published in Culture
House of Ariki Travel Tou Ariki leads the Ui Ariki to the Ui Ariki Day commemorations at the national auditorium. 14070606 House of Ariki Travel Tou Ariki leads the Ui Ariki to the Ui Ariki Day commemorations at the national auditorium. 14070606

National pride, the marine park and the need for further discussions on giving the House of Ariki more decision making powers were key messages pushed by House of Ariki Kaumaiti (president) Tou Ariki during the Ui Ariki Day celebration on Friday.

After what was nearly a two-hour wait for the Ui Ariki convoy to travel from Atupare Marae in Puaikura to host Vaka Te Au O Tonga for the day’s commemoration, the packed-out National Auditorium heard of the importance of national representation.

To illustrate the point that the Ui Ariki day commemorations are a national affair and not just for Rarotonga, Tou Ariki thanked the people of the northern group for the pearl-studded Rito hat he wore and the southern group for his traditional garment – saying his choice of attire was to reflect the country-wide importance of Ui Ariki Day.

Tou Ariki acknowledged the efforts by the national netball team at the recent Pacific Netball Series and the Cook Islands rugby union side that were dealt out a heavy 108-6 defeat by Fiji.

He said that despite the heavy losses in the two sporting campaigns, the important thing was that the Cook Islands was represented, adding there was no shame in not winning.

Tou went on to urge Team Cook Islands athletes preparing to take part in the Commonwealth Games later this month to remember they are first and foremost representing the country.

Tou Ariki touched on some of the issues that will be discussed by traditional leaders during the House of Ariki annual general meeting.

He thanked the visitors and general public for attending the day set aside to acknowledge the important roles traditional leaders still play in today’s society.

Tou Ariki thanked the religious and political leaders for joining the day’s celebrations and after the grace was said for the kai provided by the family of the Ui Ariki from all three Vaka, the event hosted by Makea Nuia, Makea Karika and MAkea Vakatini ended with a kaikai for all and the promise of vigorous talks during the upcoming Ui Ariki annual general meeting.

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1 comment

  • Comment Link Rahui. T. Mairi David Tuesday, 08 July 2014 14:52 posted by Rahui. T. Mairi David

    Kia Oraana,
    Te mataora nei te ngakau ite tatau anga i teia au nuti purapura ite ra ote Ui Ariki o te Kuki Airani. E pati'anga kia akatika ia te akano'oanga ariki o Manihiki e Rakahanga
    Ko te
    Whakaheo Ariki no Manihiki e Rakahanga
    kare e no Manihiki 'ua me kare e no Rakahanga 'ua it for both islands
    pera katoa te
    Whaingahitu Ariki even the spelling of the names
    WHAKAHEO ARIKI
    WHAINGAHITU ARIKI

    Thanks meitaki maata
    Te Atua te aro'ao

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