Auckland to Amuri

Friday January 10, 2020 Written by Published in Outer Islands
The village of Amuri celebrate the Koni Roani on New Years day 2020. JOHN KIRIA 20010937. The village of Amuri celebrate the Koni Roani on New Years day 2020. JOHN KIRIA 20010937.

The island of Aitutaki supported its annual Koni Raoni fesitive season event with a massive fundraising effort.

The villages holding the events, on Boxing Day and New Year’s day, collected more than $146,000 between them.

John Kiria coordinated the village of Amuri’s cultural performances. “I started the item practices in Auckland for the oire amiri,” he said.

“The idea was so we can add to the locals’ items.  I was going to be in Raro for my niece Apii McKinley wedding on December 23, where I was the MC and my dance team Anuanua Performing Arts Troupe was entertaining.”

He said it was a rare privilege to be asked to the lead the Amuri effort.

The annual Boxing Day Koni Raoni was one of two held during the festive period.

The Boxing Day Koni Raoni belonged to the village of Ureia this year. It involves traveling through the villages of Aitutaki, dancing, singing and receiving donations. A total of $65,000 was pledged.

From the individual villages, Vaipeka donated $8,155, Vaipae $10,470, Tautu $11,092, Nikaupara $7,185, Reureu $8092, Arutanga $8100, and Amuri $12,300.

That was followed up by the Amuri Koni Raoni on New Year’s Day.

That raised a total of $81,153. Individual village donations were Vaipeka $12,100, Vaipae $14,100, Tautu $15,013, Nikaupara $8,477, Reureu $9,670, Arutanga $8,369, Ureia $13,423.

The island of Aitutaki supported their unique annual fesitive season event on Boxing and New year’s day called the Koni Raoni, collecting a whopping combined  amount of $146,559.20.

The Koni Raoni involves the host village traveling through the villages of Aitutaki, dancing and singing in each village and receiving donations.

Although it is  a form of fundraising, the villages rehearse and have pride in their performances it and makes a colourful, day with lots of laughter and character.

The village of Ureia was held their event on Boxing Day 2019 with $65,405.50c pledged.

Amuri’s Koni Roani on New Year’s day raised a massive total of $81,153.70.

John Kiria  coordinator of Amuri’s cultural performances was immensely proud of their village effort and the strong support of the committee.

Residing in New Zealand, he started  the cultural items in Auckland, to complement the dance shows  on Aitutaki.

Kiria’s dance troupe also performed at the wedding of his niece Apii McKinley wedding on December 23rd.

Ureia’s individual village donations are: Vaipeka $8,155.80, Vaipae $10,470.10, Tautu $11,092.20, Nikaupara $7,185, Reureu $8092, Arutanga $8100, and Amuri $12300.

The Amuri Koni Raoni donations from the villages are as follows: Vaipeka $12,100.00, Vaipae $14,100.00, Tautu $15,013.30, Nikaupara $8,477.90, Reureu $9,670.00, Arutanga $8,369.40, Ureia $13,423.10.

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