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Gifts arrive for new chief in advance of investiture

Friday 20 November 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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Gifts arrive for new chief in advance of investiture
Aitutaki representatives delivered cartons of chicken, fish, root crops, fruit and vegetables for the “akamarokura’anga” of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki. 20111922.

Historic moment today as nation to witness the akamarokura’anga of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki, which will be held at the Taurangamanu Vakatini Palace grounds at Tupapa on Friday.

Since Wednesday, cartons of chicken, pigs, fish, root crops, fruit and vegetables were delivered “kave i te kura” to the Taurangamanu Vakatini Palace grounds.

These were gifted by tribes, ui rangatira, ui mataiapo, arikis and the islands of the Pa Enua for the “akamarokura’anga” of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki today.

The uniformed dressed Aitutaki delegation flew in from their island bringing with them their home grown crops, fish and pigs accompanied by drummers, song and dance.

The island of Atiu led by Minister Rose Toki-Brown and her family gifted the “kakau tapa” – the traditional garment that will be worn today at the ceremony.

President of the Atiu Rarotonga community Tangata Vainerere said the tapa was lovingly made by Mama Patikura Jim on the island. It took her four months to complete the costume.

The demanding and labour intensive process starts from the cutting of the roots of the ava tree, to peeling and skinning the bark, then the pounding of the small strips together to create a large piece of tapa.

Minister Rose Toki-Brown presented the first wrapped garment, the kakau tapa, to Te Ara Rangatira Prime Minister Mark Brown; the second parcel of the tairiiri (fan) and tamaka (shoes) was handed over by Lady Tuaine Marsters to the Itaaka Rangatira Meleaone Tumii and the “pare” was given to Tiori Rangatira Nooroa Teina.

Government Minister Rose Toki-Brown from Atiu and her family gifted the “kakau tapa” – the traditional garment that will be worn today at the ceremony. 20111910

“This is our gift from the people of Atiu, it is a ‘atamanga’ a traditional gesture for a big event, when we give to help with the feeding of the guests,” Vainerere said.

“We want to offer our congratulations to the new Makea Vakatini Ariki and we are appreciative of the very generous Makea Vakatini Arikis who have given land to the people of Atiu.”

The akamarokura’anga of Makea Vakatini Phillip Ngamatoa Ariki, will be held at the Taurangamanu Vakatini Palace grounds at Tupapa, this morning at 10am.