15 Aug 2009

Cook Islands to host Maori King next month

12:06 pm on 15 August 2009

New Zealand's Maori king, Tuheitia Paki, and his family are to be visit the Cook Islands next month for the Maeva Nui celebrations.

The Cook Islands Government is to cover the costs of the King's stay on Rarotonga.

The programme for the visit is expected to include a full traditional welcome on the airport tarmac for the King and his delegation, which will include two kapa haka groups.

The Cook Islands News reports that as special guests of the Cook Islands Government, Tuheitia Paki, his wife, three children and niece will be hosted at several special gatherings during his visit.

It says the King is set to pay courtesy calls on Prime Minister Jim Marurai and Queen's Representative Sir Frederick Goodwin.

The king may also be treated to a sailing trip on the Vaka Te Au O Tonga.