Celebration with royal proportions

Friday June 26, 2020 Written by Published in Culture
Pa Marie Tepaeru Tariki Upokotini Ariki. 20062518 Pa Marie Tepaeru Tariki Upokotini Ariki. 20062518

Thirty years ago, Pa Marie Tepaeru Tariki Upokotini Ariki took her place as the paramount chief of Vaka Takitumu – a title she inherited from her mother Pa Tepaeru Terito Ariki.

This month, a massive celebration was being organised at the Palace of Pa Ariki in Rarotonga to mark the 30th anniversary of her coronation.

However, because of Covid-19 and the country’s borders being closed, Pa Ariki was unable to travel back from New Zealand to her home island.

The formal event will now take place today at midday (NZ time) in Mangere Bridge, Auckland, at the Takitumu Hall.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend including representatives on behalf of Cook Islands Government and the New Zealand Government as well as other dignitaries.

Warriors and the New Zealand Maori Takitumu delegation will assemble at the paata, entrance gate at 11.45am.

At noon Pa Ariki will be escorted to the paata by Iro Rangatira, Rautea Rangatira and Pikiaere Mataiapo.      

The anniversary will bring together a number of commemorative cultural and religious activities led her Mataiapo, Ui Rangatira, leaders, family and friends of Pa Ariki.

The day will begin with welcome speeches to guests by Orometua Nio Mare, George Terekia and Reverend Bill Cuthers.

Following a flag raising ceremony, Pa Ariki and VIP guests will be escorted inside the hall and seated for speeches and other formalities including a church service, the cutting of the anniversary cake and kaikai.

Paramount Chief Pa Ariki is a title 47 others have held and is of huge significance to Takitumu Vaka and the House of Ariki, but also unites links to New Zealand Maori via Takitimu.

4 comments

  • Comment Link Vainehosking@gmail.com Wednesday, 01 July 2020 00:16 posted by Vainehosking@gmail.com

    God bless you Kuini Pa Ariki. Proud of you.

  • Comment Link Congratulations Marie Pa Ariki,  may God continue to bless and guide you always. And may God continue to bless you with more years to reign as Pa Ariki.Kia Manuia. Saturday, 27 June 2020 22:33 posted by Congratulations Marie Pa Ariki, may God continue to bless and guide you always. And may God continue to bless you with more years to reign as Pa Ariki.Kia Manuia.

    Message

  • Comment Link Amaronn NAIA Friday, 26 June 2020 21:41 posted by Amaronn NAIA

    Congratulations Pa ARIKI. God bless you

  • Comment Link Vainehosking@gmail.com Friday, 26 June 2020 12:56 posted by Vainehosking@gmail.com

    Congratulations Kuini Pa Ariki.God bless you always

Leave a comment