22 Jan 2009

Cook Islands delegation in NZ to celebrate links with East Coast Maori

11:32 am on 22 January 2009

The people of Tokomaru Bay on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island will welcome 500 Cook Island guests which include paramount chiefs and mataipo from Rarotonga this weekend.

The two day event will celebrate the 75th Jubilee when a delegation from the Cook Islands visited Tokomaru Bay in 1934 and named the second marae in the area, Te Hono Ki Rarotonga.

The relationship between the two have continued since then and this weekend, the descendants come together.

Organiser Kui Williams says the four Ariki from the main island Rarotonga will attend celebrations.

"The Vakatini family that the ancestors came in 1934, the Tinomana Ariki whanau coming as well, you have Makea Karika, then you have Pa Ariki in the Takitumu area who will be attending also."

Kui Williams says it's the first time the four Ariki or Paramount chiefs from the four villages in the Cook Islands have attended the the Tokomaru Bay celebrations together.