New Ariki invested

Tuesday July 21, 2020 Written by Published in Culture
Itaaka Rangatira  Meleaone Tumii congratulates Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki Phillip Vakatini on his investiture. MELINA ETCHES 20072025 Itaaka Rangatira Meleaone Tumii congratulates Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki Phillip Vakatini on his investiture. MELINA ETCHES 20072025

Burial ground investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki gives hope that families can prepare succession for years to come.

The late Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki was buried yesterday.

And immediately afterwards, witnessed by hundreds of people who attended the funeral pay their respects, his son Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki was invested as his successor.

It has been many years since a deceased Ariki is laid to rest, then the new Ariki invested at the same time at the burial ground.

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* Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki 1937-2020

Although it was difficult to say goodbye to his father, Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki was humbled and appreciative to be bestowed the honour of chief of Ngati Vakatini.

Te Ara Rangatira Mark Brown cut off the head of the pig and offered the ear to the new Ariki to bite, a tradition that was performed effortlessly.

Celebrating the investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki are Te Po Rangatira Tepaeru Maevarau Willie, left, Itaaka Rangatira Meleaone Tumii, Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki Phillip Vakatini, and Te Ara Rangatira Mark Brown. 20072030

Brown said Ngati Vakatini wanted to bring back that tradition: “This was done through the kopu Ariki, we want to show the rest of the Matakeinanga and the Ui Ariki that this is how Vakatini had planned their succession, and to demonstrate that this is the way we have set it, for future generations as well.”

That meant not just waiting until somebody dies, but setting in place the succession, to plan who will take over so that next in line will automatically come up to assume the role when the title holder passes on.

At the investiture, Poko Henry from Te Ora Rangatira protested at not being included in the decision-making.

Brown acknowledged her objection – that they were putting their voice forward about not being included.

But he said they had yet to invest their own Te Ora Rangatira, and their delay had been because they were divided.

It was up to them to look amongst themselves to who will carry the Teora Rangatira title, and when they do then they can join in the family meetings, Brown added.

Vakatini Makea Ariki have five Rangatira: Te Ara Rangatira is held by Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown, Te Po Rangatira is carried by Tepaeru Maevarau Willie, Itaaka Rangatira is held by  Meleaone Tumii and the holder of the Tiori Rangatira title is Nooroa Teina; for many years Te Ora Rangatira has not been determined.

2 comments

  • Comment Link Mary Spooner Wednesday, 22 July 2020 15:56 posted by Mary Spooner

    My condolences to Shirley and family for the sad loss
    I would also like to say it saddens me that our dear
    mother Teremoana VAKATINI has not been mentioned , let the truth be known our Uncle Te Po VAKATINI asked his son the late Joe VAKATINI to go to Raupunga to get her to return to Rarotonga to be the next ariki, unfortunately this did not happen ,
    Joe VAKATINI returned to Rarotonga and took the ariki title , with his passing now was a opportunity for Teremoana VAKATINI son namely
    Henry Spooner to honour his mums wish
    Rest In Peace our beloved mum Teremoana
    Mary Spooner Napier New Zealand

  • Comment Link Sophia Nitz Tuesday, 21 July 2020 22:11 posted by Sophia Nitz

    Congratulations Philip, an our condolence to the family

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