The Rongomatane Ariki of Atiu, Nicholas Paenui Te-iti Nicholls with Kura Michael (left) and Mina Paratainga. Picture: MARIA TUORO/21071901
A crowd of 500 witnessed the akamarokura’anga (investiture) of Nicholas Paenui Te-iti Nicholls as the new Rongomatane Ariki of Atiu.
The peaceful investiture of Rongomatane Nicholas Ariki
was held on the island of Atiu yesterday morning.
Extra celebrations were also noted throughout the day that
included his 43rd birthday, and the day Rongomatane Ariki accepted
Christianity to the island of Atiu in 1823. July 19 is also the date his late
mother Rongomatane Ada Ariki was invested with the title in 1972.
The peaceful proceedings started with a morning church
service followed by the investiture at Te Au Tapu marae, and a traditional
Nicholls was named successor to the Rongomatane Ariki
title in 2018, shortly after the burial of his mother – Rongomatane Ada Ariki
(20 August 1948 – 9 January 2018).
He is the eldest child of Ada Rongomatane Ariki, who
was also known as Ada Teaupurepure Tetupu Nicholls, and Ernest Nicholls of
Aitutaki, and has a younger sister Maeu.