Images from Ariki Day – 2012

06 July, 2012 saw The Cook Islands’ first Ariki Day, to celebrate and honor traditional leadership from across the country. Over 1,000 people attended and participated.These are a few of our shots from the morning ceremony of the Rarotongan Ariki, held at the Puaikura Palace in Arorangi.

Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

Puaikura Palace – in the evening light, before the event.

Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

Puaikura Palace on Ariki Day

Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

Proceeding…

Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

Borne in honor…

Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

Intent…

Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

Regal…

Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

Stepping out…

 

Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands
The power of connection…
Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands
The power of connecting…
Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands
Tradition…
Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands
The power of the past…
Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands
The power of the future…
Ariki Day, 2012, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands
A good day… beginning.

 

Victor Bond