Don’t we have our own?
I watched with some shame as the tangata tuoro (customary welcome person) at the House of Ariki marae, placed a rauti leaf on the ground to be picked up by an official in the visiting New Zealand delegation.
When have Cook Islanders ever done this?
Our welcome has no strings attached. We never imply that if you don’t pick up this leaf you are not welcome on our land!
Later at the National Auditorium, the turou (welcome) was done properly. Thank you Ministry of Cultural Development for sticking with our traditions.
House of Ariki personnel should know better.