Ui Ariki, Ui Mataiapo, Ui Rangatira, Putokotoko/Kauono and Aronga Mana with the Minister of House of Ariki, George (Maggie) Angene and staff at the closing of the 51st Are Ariki assembly yesterday. 22102828
The 51st Are Ariki (House of Ariki) Assembly closed yesterday with the attendance of Ui Ariki, Ui Mataiapo, Ui Rangatira, Putokotoko/Kauono and Aronga Mana and the Minister of House of Ariki, George (Maggie) Angene at the National Auditorium.
Several issues were raised during the weeklong meeting
including concerns over the ongoing court cases in regards to disputes over
traditional titles and expensive costs of land court application fees.
Kaumaiti Nui (president) Tou Ariki said the outcome of
the discussions at the assembly in regards to the “Taonga Maori” traditional
titles being heard in court was unanimous in that these cases should not be
decided on in a court room.
Plans are for a special committee made up of some
members of the Are Ariki, Aronga Mana, Koutu Nui, legal advisors and a
technical support group to discuss and to define the rule for the election
processes of Ariki and other Taonga Maori such as the Mataiapo, Kavana,
Rangatira and its legislation.
The financial budget of the Are Ariki will also be
moved to the Ministry of Culture from Parliament House.