Investiture an historic occasion...

Tuesday December 11, 2018 Written by Published in Local

An historical event will take place tomorrow morning when George Freddric Taripo (Tama Ariki) is invested with the title of Makea George Karika Ariki.


Taripo was appointed the successor to the title last year after the passing of his mother, the late Dame Makea Margaret Karika Ariki in September that year. She had held the title for 69 years and was regarded as a Cook Islands icon.

He is the third eldest child of four siblings - both his two elder sisters have passed on.

The Ngati Karika families confirmed his succession and the date of the investiture in August, and have put much effort into researching the event’s cultural procedures.

Spokeswoman Helen Tatuava says the Ngati Karika families are extending an open invitation to the public to attend and witness the investiture.

“We are looking forward to the occasion, as it’s the first time our generation today and the next, will have participated in such an occasion,” says Tatuava.

“This is because Dame Makea Margaret Karika Ariki was invested with the title so long ago.”

Proceedings will begin with a combined prayer service at 6am tomorrow at the Karika Palace.

At 8.30 am at Avatiu harbour, 14 warriors will transport Tama Ariki by vaka to Tuitui Ka Moana (Avarua harbour).

Following the traditional turou (welcome) at Avarua, the Kiriti Maro Tai (Removal of Salt) ceremony will begin, when Tama Ariki and his Vaka Tangata will walk through smoke, cleanse himself, and change his attire.

The procession will then be escorted on foot to the Makea Karika palace grounds via the roundabout.

The investiture will be conducted by Vaatutua Anautoa Rangatira (Teariki Rouru) and Tutara Rangatira (Maryanne Pirake/George Paniani).

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