The Vakatini family will welcome the public for the investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki at the Taurangamanu Vakatini Palace grounds on Friday. (PHOTO: MELINA ETCHES) 20111810.
With preparations underway for a historic day, a protest is expected from the Te Ora Rangatira line during the investiture of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki in Tupapa on Friday.
akamarokura’anga of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki, when he will be
adorned with traditional clothing, will be held at the Taurangamanu Vakatini
Palace grounds at Tupapa, tomorrow morning.
traditional tapa attire that has taken some time to prepare, was created by the
people of Atiu.
Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki bit the ear of a pig and was anointed the title
at the graveside of his late father Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki’s burial
on July 20, 2020.
historic event on Friday is well prepared for, the kopu ariki and four of the
five rangatira families will be present to support the occasion.
a protest is expected from the Te Ora Rangatira line during tomorrow’s
ceremony, the family will acknowledge their protest with an appropriate
response, as part of the traditional procedures, and will continue with the
Rangatira Nooroa Teina is excited to witness his third Makea Vakatini Ariki
ceremonial investiture ceremony.
present at the investiture of Makea Vakatini Ina Ariki in June 1986 and Makea
Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki in 1997.
Rangatira has held his title since 1986, he is responsible for the “pure kai” -
which is controlling the Vakatini Ariki’s kaikais or feasts.
akamarokura’anga, he will be the first to dress the Ariki, with the other
(belt) will represent holding the family and the Ui Rangatira together; the
“tairiiri” (fan) represents the whole family – “for no one to be left out in
the cold, to keep the peace or moderate or calm situations”.
kakau (clothes) is to keep the Ariki warm and protected day and night.
at Taurangamanu Vakatini Palace grounds have also taken place over the past few
tribe have removed the previous roadside hedge, replacing it with the rocks
that represent the kopu tangata of each tribe.
looks more alive now and inviting,” said Tiori Rangatira.
previous marae was also revamped. The tapu or mana of the original marae at the
front of the Palace was lifted by the orometua (Church minister) to enable
renovations to start.
supervised and carried out by Minister George Angene and Taoro Brown.
Rangatira is happy with the job well done.
stones were placed and the marae was completed on Monday when it was blessed
“akatapu” with its new name “Marae Maraerenga O Vakatini”.
investiture of Maru Willie as Te Po Rangatira (current holder Tepaeru Maevarau
Willie, will pass onto her son Maru) and Meleaone Tumii with the Itaaka
Rangatira will also be held on the day. Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki
will conduct their akamarokura’anga.
Rangatira acknowledged the family who is objecting the investiture. “I’m sad
that the other line of the families are not with us.”
through courts in the 1980’s, the decision from the court then was, that the
title is ours.”
Rangatira said he approached the family to attend the occasion and “to work
together with us, but, no …”
he said protests were part of the process. “It’s normal; and after the
formalities we would like for them to join us and have a meal peacefully,
regardless of the problems.”
are people we will see every day in our lives, they will always be part of us,
they are Vakatini too.”
event will also be an emotional one for him.
will be the third and the last Makea Vakatini investiture I will be here to
witness, I’m 65 years old now.
been an interesting journey, we’ve had the ups and downs, court cases, you
argue, you cry, you laugh and smile; it’s been a mixture of everything.”
Rangatira Prime Minister Mark Brown also looks forward to the big event when
the tribe will come together to celebrate.
traditions and culture is what makes us unique; it’s our culture it’s our
identity of who we are,” Brown said.
is a responsibility to uphold our traditions with the title, and the
responsibility to pass on these traditions to the next generations.”
private unveiling ceremony for the late Makea Vakatini Joseph Tepo Ariki will
be held in the early morning.
investiture will start at 10am, members of the public are welcome to witness