Tinomana Tokerau Ariki and Reverand Tinirau Soatini blow out candles to mark the 12th year of Te Ra o te Ui Ariki public holiday. Photo: Melina Etches/22070105
Aronga Mana, Ekalesia, dignitaries, family and friends attended Te Ra o te Ui Ariki yesterday with their respective Ariki in recognition of the nation’s traditional leaders’ public holiday.
Each vaka, tribe, and matakeinanga on Rarotonga prearranged their activities and celebrations to mark the day with a good turnout of families and members of the community.
George Ariki and Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki of Te Au O Tonga combined
their celebrations starting with an early Pure Popongi service followed by
Mark Brown who also holds the traditional title of Te Ara Rangatira attended
the important occasion as well as New Zealand’s High Commissioner Tui Dewes,
Australia High Commissioner Dr Christopher Watkins and Aronga Mana of Te Au O
including its new permanent resident applicants came together at the Au Maru
Palace in honour of their Aronga Mana and Tinomana Tokerau Ariki.
A special cake
also featured at Au Maru Palace to mark the 12th anniversary of Te
Ra o te Ui Ariki.
(spokesperson) for Tinomana Tokerau Ariki, Tere Taio welcomed guests to Au Maru
and Minister Patrick Arioka spoke about the significance of the occasion which
was followed by Te Au Tua Taito (Historical Oration) by Tangata Vainerere, and a
scrumptious hearty feast.
Ngatangiia and Titikaveka of Vaka Takitumu each held their own programmes to observe
Te Are Ariki (House of Ariki) council is made up of 24 traditional leaders who play an important role in dealing with issues, including land, customs, traditions and public welfare.