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Saturday July 06, 2019 Written by Published in Culture
Tinomana Tokerau Ariki and Queen’s representative Sir Tom Marsters enjoy the festivities. 19070510 Tinomana Tokerau Ariki and Queen’s representative Sir Tom Marsters enjoy the festivities. 19070510

Cook Islanders braved a bitterly cold morning to pay their respects to the national’s Ariki on yesterday’s public holiday.

Starting at 6am for Vaka Takitumu, followed by celebrations for Vaka Puaikura and Te Au o Tonga and some of the Pa Enua, Ariki greeted their people.

The celebrations were held at both marae and local churches.

Vaka Puaikura drew a crowd to the Au Maru palace of Tinomana Tokerau Ariki. Born in 1937, Tinomana Tokerau Ariki was invested in 2013 as the 41st Queen of Puaikura Vaka.

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After formalities, kaikai was served with entertainment from cultural dancers and drummers. Visitors from overseas couldn’t help joining the dancing.

Tere Taio, the chairman of the Kauarikirangi royal court and Vaatuatua of Tinomana Ariki, was pleased with the days proceeding.

“It was excellent, it’s good to see people enjoying themselves and the visitors who attended.

This weekend’s Ui Ariki theme is: Te Au Inangaro O Toku Matakeinanga/Enua – The love and passions of my island/tribe.

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