In the past few years the day of the House of Ariki was commemorated in each Vaka.
President of Te Are Ariki Tou Ariki addresed the gathering and voiced the importance to bring together again the Ui Mataiapo and Ui Rangatira on Rarotonga, to honour the day.
Minister of Culture George Angene acknowledged the Arikis who have passed away with a minute of silence and encouraged those with maraes to “keep them clean and tidy”.
National Environment Services secretary Nga Puna welcomed the strengthening of the Are Ariki and customs such as the ra‘ui, and noted the respect in the Pa Enua of their traditional sustainable practices to conserve.
A register will be compiled with the names and details of each of the Ui Mataiapo’s and Ui Rangatira’s for each tribe.
Some islands of the Pa Enua were also present at the occasion.