Oire Reureu dancers at the Boxing day Koni Raoni on Aitutaki. MACK MARONA/22122805
Oire Reureu has raised a whopping $69,000 in the popular annual Koni Raoni festive celebrations held on Boxing Day on the island of Aitutaki.
The Koni Raoni loosely translates to dance
around and is exclusive to the island of Aitutaki, the event is a traditional
exchange between oire or villages that is held over the Christmas and New Year
season to raise funds for the hosting village.
Every year each oire takes turns at
hosting – dancing, singing and travelling through the villages on the island
receiving donations. This year Reureu hosted the event.
Mata Charlie, the treasurer for Oire
Reureu, said: “As always the event was awesome, and although it was a hot sunny
day it was fantastic.”
“We were welcomed to every village with
fresh ei and kai manga afterwards – a heavy duty kaikai feast.”
The Koni Raoni started at 9am, the first
visit was to the village of Vaipeka followed by Vaipae, Tautu, Nikaupara,
Arutanga, Ureia and Amuri. The day wrapped up with the collection of
More donations were presented to Reureu
including from the Matauia line of the Palmerston Islands Marsters family who kindly
donated $1100, taking the total donations to $69,716.20.
Following is the list of donations from
each village: Vaipeka $9690, Vaipae $10,095, Tautu $11,200, Nikaupara $7810,
Arutanga $9240.40, Ureia $7930, Amuri $12,650.80, for a total of $68,616.20.
“We are thankful and appreciate all the
donations from everyone,” said Charlie.
“E reo akameitaki no matou te Oire tangata
Reureu te mata o Teerui to runga nei te enua to Australia, Aotearoa Nu Tireni e
Pamati e pini uake teia nei ao no ta kotou tauturu i roto i teia ra e te
maoraora i te ariki anga ia matou ki te kapu vai e te manga ta matou i kai, te
ei rore e te vai atura. Kua pumaana te ngakau. Kare ra e tumu ke, mari ra no te
Aroa ua o to tatou Atu ko Iesu Mesia. Meitaki atupaka.”