Te Ora o te Tangata oppose Ariki’s investiture

Thursday July 23, 2020 Written by Published in Culture
Poko Henry and Richard Browne, centre, from Te Ora O Te Tangata clan, oppose the investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki that was held on Monday. 20072201 Poko Henry and Richard Browne, centre, from Te Ora O Te Tangata clan, oppose the investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki that was held on Monday. 20072201

Te Ora O Te Tangata clan is opposing the investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki, which was held on Monday after the burial of the late Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki.

A representative from the tribe, William Framhein, said: “Te Ara Rangatira Mark Brown says they want to correct the custom; we say, we want to correct the title holder.”

He said the geneology of Te Ora O Te Tangata proved they were rightful holders of the Makea Vakatini Ariki title.

Framhein said the Patai clan had always contested that they were the true title holders of the Makea Vakatini title, because a female had never held the title – it had always been a male. “That is why Vakatini adopted the two boys.”

He also disputed Mark Brown’s claim the investiture at the burial site was tradition. “What happened that day was not custom – you don’t conduct an investiture on someone else’s paepae, on someone else’s burial ground, it should be done on the marae.”

The late Pou Ariki Nia held Te Ora Rangatira title until he passed away in 2000; since then the tribe has not invested anyone with the title.

“We are not Rangatira, we are Te Ngati Te Ora O Te Tangata,” Framhein said. “That’s why we are objecting to the investiture.”

A message was delivered to the Makea Vakatini palace on Sunday to ask for a meeting; no response was received. “We had expected an announcement, not an investiture.

“Te Ora O Te Tangata have never been invited to any meeting to discuss the succession of the Makea Vakatini Ariki title.

“We want to take the Ariki title back to the rightful traditional owners.”

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  • Comment Link Joe Tererui Friday, 24 July 2020 02:26 posted by Joe Tererui

    Whoever takes a Chief(King) title has to think twice and be so sure that he is the rightful owner of the title and without disputes for his life is weighed during the ‘KARAKIA’ (challenge) vocal spell. Once the KARAKIA stopped between the lines or before completing the spell, your time will be limited. Be wise like the Queen of England as a example for she has been on the title and throne and until now she is in the ripe age going into her Century. God bless amen

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