Mangaia investiture: ‘Biggest event of their lives’

Saturday August 29, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Tereapii Tangi was installed Numangatini Ariki at a packed Te Maruata-Nui-o-Numangatini marae. TUAINE PAPATUA 20082845/46/47/48 Tereapii Tangi was installed Numangatini Ariki at a packed Te Maruata-Nui-o-Numangatini marae. TUAINE PAPATUA 20082845/46/47/48

Mangaia came to a standstill yesterday to witness the crowning of its new king.

Tangi Tereapii was installed Numangatini Ariki at a packed Te Maruata-Nui-o-Numangatini marae.

The celebration was attended by the whole island as well as dignitaries, friends and families from Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Atiu.

Mangaia resident Allan Tuara, 77, said it was one of the biggest investiture ceremonies he had witnessed.

For the younger generation, he said this would have been the biggest event of their lives.

“It was a whole day event. There were lots of gifts, items and speeches from each puna as well as the guests from Rarotonga and other islands,” Tuara said.

All the puna had 20-metre long marquees full of food for everyone to enjoy.  “There was so much food left and everyone was asked to take the leftover food home.”

3 comments

  • Comment Link Maine Teata Saturday, 29 August 2020 14:21 posted by Maine Teata

    To God be the Glory Amen

  • Comment Link Linda Kaiou Saturday, 29 August 2020 13:44 posted by Linda Kaiou

    Congratulations Tangi Tereapii for your investiture as Numangatangi Ariki of Mangaia, be kind and caring to the people - young, old, rich or poor, disabled or healthy and you shall be successful with Gods Blessing

  • Comment Link Etueine Miria Tuaputa Woolley Saturday, 29 August 2020 13:02 posted by Etueine Miria Tuaputa Woolley

    The first ever special event I have seen, in my lifetime. It is a beautiful and amazing occasion. Our King Numangatini has called for his people from the four corners if the world, to come back home. Its a new beginning fir Aua Au Enua. Simmering to consider and think about. I'm so proud of my King.

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