Maori king welcomed home to Aitutaki

Saturday 31 August 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture


The island of Aitutaki welcomed Maori King Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero, his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai, family and delegation yesterday afternoon.

Mayor Tekura Bishop said most of the residents attended the ‘peu maori’ traditional Aitutakian ceremonial event.

“This visit is not only about the land, it’s about our culture, renewing the relationships and connections with the people of Aitutaki.”

King Tuheitia received a tuoro by the village of Amuri and proceeded to Te Vairoa at the village of Vaipeka enroute to Tuarea marae.

Approaching the Tuarea marae site he was carried on a paata and welcomed by the Tai-Atai-Nui clan.

King Tuheitia and the delegation were hosted by the people of the island at the Aitutaki village restaurant.

Today, they will visit the motus of Mangere, Akaiami and Tapuaetai (One Foot Island), and are scheduled to return to Rarotonga this evening.

The Cook Islands has a particular connection to the Tainui tribes, whom the King Tuheitia is directly aligned to, and to the island of Aitutaki