Investiture ceremony this morning

Wednesday December 12, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Getting in some practice yesterday in preparation for sounding the pu (conch shell) at today’s Makea Ariki investiture was TJ Daniel. The sound of the pu will be heard at several diff erent locations during today’s historic ceremony. Getting in some practice yesterday in preparation for sounding the pu (conch shell) at today’s Makea Ariki investiture was TJ Daniel. The sound of the pu will be heard at several diff erent locations during today’s historic ceremony.

In one of the most important traditional ceremonies to be held on Rarotonga for many years, George Freddric Taripo’s (Tama Ariki) investiture will begin at 6am today.

 

It will start with a combined prayer at the Karika palace grounds.

Following the prayer service, Tama Ariki will go to Avatiu harbour where he is scheduled board a vaka between 8 and 8.30am to travel to Tuitui Ka Moana (Avarua harbour).

The Ui Rangatira will assemble at Avarua Harbour, to await his arrival at the expected time from 9am to 9.30am.

The Tumu Korero will begin the turou ceremony and during this time, two warriors will light a fire on the sand for the Kiriti Maro Tai (cleansing of salt) ceremony.

Tama Ariki along with te vaka tangata, will walk through the smoke in a traditional cleansing process from the voyage.

The sound of the pu (conch shell) will be heard at three places: Tuitui Ka Moana, the round-about and the marae at the Karika palace grounds.

The kura will be chanted from the beach to the marae at Karika palace and the marae will respond with the sound of the pau (drums) and the kaara (smaller drum).

Taunga and the oire of Takuvaine will escort Tama Ariki and the kopu tangata to the palace.

The Karika rangatira will be called onto the marae and while Tama Ariki is entering the marae, Rutera Taripo will perform the vivo (flute).

Eleven rangatira will guard the puaka tuikaa until Tama Ariki has bitten the ear of a pig in a traditional custom.

When the new Makea Karika Ariki is announced, the Teauotonga mapu will chant a pe’e.

The Ngati Karika families extend an open invitation to members of the public to witness and share in this historic event.

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