Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Traditional Maori Powhiri Welcome for Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara: Where Two Indigenous Cultures Meet - Whenua o Ngati Poneke & Fijians

Tomorrow is scheduled to be a hectic day for Ratu Tevita in Wellington. Although there has been many controversial comments from several quarters of Fiji people living in Aotearoa, one thing for sure, the two Traditional values of Maori-dom & Fijians remains strong.

Tomorrow morning will be a historic event for many Fijians who will accompany Ratu Tevita to the Marae where he will be accorded the auspicious Maori Powhiri. The ladies and men from the Chiefly island of Lau are also prepared to accompany their young Chief and present him to the 'Kaumatua & Whenua o Ngati Poneke'. This will be a very special event which will cut across the political divide or tensions that is plaguing Fiji and New Zealand and the rest of the neighboring islands.

This visit is purely a traditional one and done in the Spirit of Maori-dom & Traditional Fijian Cultures. It is where the two Indigenous Cultures will meet. At the very least, Ratu Tevita can be assured that he has done his 'sevusevu' to the 'Kaumatua & Whenua Ngati Poneke'. It promises to be a memorable event.

The evening event tomorrow Thursday 21/7/2011, as can be seen in the flyer being circulated, Ratu Tevita will share his tsories to the Fijian Communities at 7pm at Pipitea Marae. Again we are told Ratu Tevita will again be given the Fijian traditional 'pomp & ceremony' only accorded to visiting Fijian Chiefs or visiting dignatories who may not necessarily be Fijians in their ethnicity.

We wish you well in your meeting in Wellington and what the Fijians have prepared for you here.

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