The Kavana – Daddy Mouriaiti, Julian Vaipo, Taaki Ruatoe, Junior Harry, Papa Uria Moutairi and Maine Ngariu – are the head of each of the six puna’s on the island.
Tereapii received news of the Kavana’s choice a few months ago. He then had to make some tough decisions regarding his employment, family commitments and the move to Mangaia to reside.
Prior to humbly accepting the role, he first discussed the matter with his wife Tai, who wholeheartedly supported him in taking on the role.
“My wife was the first person I talked to about the role, then my five children and my families,” he said.
Tereapii, who was born and raised in Mangaia, is the youngest child (one of six siblings) of Tereapii Teinakore and Turiongo Tua.
He moved to Rarotonga to attend Tereora College as a teenager.
Tereapii has been the director of Renewable Energy Division to the Office of the Prime Minister for over a decade.
Dedicated to the Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church, he has also championed causes and fundraisers and holds a great passion and respect for his home island of Mangaia.
He will be invested in a traditional ceremony at Maruata conducted by the Kavana, followed by a church service.
The people of Mangaia began preparations for this historic event months ago.
Meanwhile a faction of the family who oppose the investiture have called a meeting tonight at the Mangaia hostel.