Koutu Nui president Terea Mataiapo Paul Allsworth said the purpose of the visit was to discuss and explain certain issues with Atiu residents.
These included the ture enua no te porena e te ititangata no vao mai or new immigration policies, te au peu enua na te ititangata or recording the island’s customs, traditions and usage, te au tao’onga arongamana or compilation of a titles registry for the arongamana, toou pirianga ki te enua or occupation right-practice note from the Land Court, te raui e te kotinga rarangi o te moana or protected marine areas, tautai kupenga moana or purse seine fishing, e te uriuri manako no te au angaanga taravake or governance and corruption.
The event was hosted by Areora village. Island mayor Ina Mokoroa opened the workshop by saying that there was a need to record our traditional culture and practices and for the people to learn and understand what’s happening around us.
Present were Ngamaru Ariki, Ada Rongomatane Ariki and Maara Tairi as the Parua Ariki representative and senior elders Mataiapo tutara, Moetaua Boaza and Paiere Mokoroa. Student representatives from Atiu College, island councillors, the MP for Vainetutai, Toki Rose Brown, the aronga mana, government representatives and the community. Before the closing, Paratainga Paratainga, Nurau Mataiapo, was sworn in as a member of the Koutu Nui by Pastor Michael Akava.
A list of recommendations was made concerning issues that the people wanted the Koutu Nui to put forward to government through the minister for the House of Ariki, deputy prime minister Teariki Heather.
Terea Mataiapo says a report about the workshop, together with the main issues such as the purse seine fishing, occupation right policy changes, the status of PRs or permanent residents and depopulation will be tabled with Heather.
Funding for the workshop was made available through the Koutu Nui’s annual budget from parliament.