In a press release from the Te Au O Tonga Ui Ariki, they claim that the Uriarau family has created seven new titles within the district of Te Au O Tonga and that the family will be performing a ceremonial investiture next week for six Rangatira titles in the precinct of Arai Te Tonga in Tupapa.
The releases says that it is understood that one of the titles was a Mataiapo under the name of Uriarau which was created in great secret back in 1990 and the other six are Rangatira titles under Uriarau.
“The Aronga Mana of Te Au O Tonga states categorically that there is no such Mataiapo as Uriarau. Uriarau is a Rangatira under Makea Nui Ariki,” states the release.
The Ui Mataiapo of Arai Te Tonga and of Te Au O Tonga is, Taraare Mataiapo, Vakapora Mataiapo, Uirangi Mataiapo, Teava Mataiapo, Tamaiva Mataiapo, Tepuretu Mataiapo, Kamoe Mataiapo, Pi Mataiapo, Apai Mataiapo Tutara and Araiti Mataiapo Tutara.
“The Ui Mataiapo of Arai Te Tonga also states categorically that no Mataiapo in Te Au O Tonga have Rangatira under them. Makea Nui Ariki, Karika Ariki and Vakatini Ariki are the only ones who have rangatira under them.”
The Aronga Mana of Te Au O Tonga have met to discuss the Uriarau event planned for next week and what took place in secret back in 1990 and it is the intention of the Aronga Mana to protest.
The Aronga Mana of Te Au O Tonga extends their acknowledgement and appreciation to the gesture advanced by the Tamapua branch of the Uriarau family by supporting the Aronga Mana of Te Au O Tonga.