Seven generations at major family reunion

Saturday December 29, 2018 Written by Published in Local
There was certainly no shortage of people eager to meet on Rarotonga for the Ngati Potoru, Aketaau and Ngavii family reunion tribe this weekend. Around 340 people are attending the event, representing seven generations. There was certainly no shortage of people eager to meet on Rarotonga for the Ngati Potoru, Aketaau and Ngavii family reunion tribe this weekend. Around 340 people are attending the event, representing seven generations.

The Ngati Potoru (Aketaau and Ngavii branch) family reunion began on Thursday, with 340 members gathered to enjoy the event.

 

The Aketaau (female) and Ngavii (male) branch is made up of their children named Terii Potoru, Uatiki, Vero (Tuaine), Turimaki, Kaukura, Tau, Takamoa, Ina, Teiva Arii, Tangata, Taura and Poreo.

Seven generations are present at the reunion.

The opening ceremony held at St Joseph’s Primary school was followed by genealogy session with another programme of family connections on Friday.

Ngati Potoru 2018 reunion committee chair Junior Teiotu says preparations for the reunion started back in 2016.

Teiotu says the main focus of the gathering is to know who our remaining tupuna are; this is also an opportunity to come together and learn more of the family’s connections to each branch.

Mama Mere Potoru, 88 who was born on February 11, 1930 is the eldest person at the reunion. She travelled from Tahiti with immediate members of her family to take part in the family celebration.

Teura Atua Vero QSM (Queens Service Medal), also known as Mama Vero, arrived from New Zealand to attend the family function, she is also the patroness of the Enuamanu (Atiu) Community in Auckland.

The reunion continues with a picnic day scheduled on Saturday and Sunday mass at the Avarua Cathedral at 9am. The event will end on Monday.

The Ngati Potoru 2018 family reunion committee consists of chairperson Junior Teiotu, assistant chairperson - Hon MP Rose Brown, secretary – Rosa Bob, Teio Kea and treasurer Lani Ponini.

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