Tinomana Tokerau Ariki, dignitaries, the Arorangi CICC ‘200 years of Christianity Committee’ and Ekalesia members and supporters. 22092203.
The 200-year commemoration of the arrival of the Gospel to Arorangi will be a significant event for the Tinomana Ariki tribe.
An official launch was held yesterday at the Calvary
Hall when the “kura” proclamation from Tinomana Tokerau Ariki of Vaka Puaikura
was announced for the historic 2023 event.
“While we will be celebrating the faithful service of
Reverend John Williams and Reverend Papehia for the very first time, we will
also be commemorating Tinomana Enuarurutini Ariki legacy to be acknowledged and
remembered – to continue this legacy to live on through the generations to come,
a worthy historical truth,” noted Tinomana Tokerau Ariki.
She sanctioned the dates of Wednesday, July 26 and
Thursday, July 27, 2023, for the celebrations of 200 years of the arrival of
Christianity to Arorangi. The event will be held at the Au Maru Palace and the
The celebration will include four new commemorative
stones dedicated to the faithful service of Rev John Williams, Rev Papehia and
Tinomana Tokerau Ariki is calling on the people of
Puaikura, the Pa Enua and overseas to support the celebration of feasts, the
ordination of the four stones, raising of funds, procuring of garments, and
participation in the celebrations.
A team of dedicated volunteers have established the “200
years of Christianity Committee” and have been working on the preparations of
Co-chairman of the project are Tere Taio and Okirua
Teokoiti, and the coordinator is Patrick Arioka. The doors are always open for
those who would like to be a part of the team.
The theme for the celebration is “Aroa ia, ei Oronga”
which is inspired by the Gospel – St Matthew 10:8, “You have received without
paying, so give without being paid.”
A huge amount of funds will be needed to host the 3000
families who are expected to attend the event.
Arioka says the project will require more than the
share of the traditional obligations of the families of the Tinomana tribe.
Sponsorship packages of gold, silver and bronze are
available for individuals and businesses to select if they wish to make a
monetary contribution, however any donations will be appreciated.