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An unveiling for two ariki

Thursday August 16, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Guests at the unveiling check out the headstone constructed for Maka Kea. 18081543 Guests at the unveiling check out the headstone constructed for Maka Kea. 18081543

A special double unveiling took place for two Rongomatane Ariki in the Ngati Makea royal burial grounds at Taputapuatea on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Both Maka Kea Rongomatane Ariki and Tetupu Kea Rongomatane Ariki passed away more than 50 years ago, but had not yet received headstones.

With the passing of Ada Rongomatane Ariki in January this year, the family decided to rectify this situation and had all three headstones prepared at the same time.

Maka was the 10th Rongomatane Ariki and became a “caretaker holder” of the title when his older brother Mataio, the ninth Rongomatane, passed away in 1930.

Maka’s nephew Tetupu, son of Mataio, then took on the mantle to become the 11th Rongomatane Ariki after Maka’s passing in 1956.

The unveiling for Ada Rongomatane Ariki will take place next Tuesday, August 21, in Atiu.