Speaking during the event, Cultural Development minister Teariki Heather said the day marked an historical event for the House of Ariki and for the whole of the Cook Islands.
“Today is a beautiful day and I feel proud about everyone getting together to be part of such an historic and amazing event for our nation.
“Our members of the House of Ariki have come a long way in ensuring stability and peace amongst our land.
“Today we remember their efforts in making sure our rich traditions and culture that we still proudly take ownership for are well preserved till today.
Heather said members of the Ui Ariki were hardly accorded their rightful and respected status in the country and they needed to be valued for the great input they had into the country’s affairs.
“In July 2011, we were able to legislate and ensure that we will be able to accord the Ui Ariki in the Cook Islands a day where we would all come together to celebrate their existence.
“On behalf of the government and my ministry, I would like to extend my sincere acknowledgement and gratitude to the Ui Ariki, our country together with members of each respective tribe for the togetherness in making such a great celebration a success.
Tou Ariki, Kaumaiti Nui said the House of Ariki was honoured to have received such a wonderful presentation and commended everyone for their fine contributions.
He gave special acknowledgement of the carvers for their fine craftsmanship in building such beautiful atamira.