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(From Our Own Correspondent.) RAROTONGA, February 7. The death is anounced this morning of Pa Ariki, one of the three leading Arikis of Rarotonga and head of the Takitumu district and tribe. For some weeks past he had been suffering from heart and lung affections, and although he rallied a few days ago he succumbed at last very quickly, as most Polynesians do. Pa Ariki was born at Aitutaki on December 15th, 1848, his father being Mataka, a Rarotongan native, and his mother, Maria, a native of Aitutaki. Shortly after his birth he was brought to Rarotonga, where he was adopted by Mere Pa Ariki, of Takitumu. His education as far as English was concerned, was looked after by the early European missionaries, and as far as native lore was concerned by Maretu, a native missionary. On this missionary's death, the young man, who had also taken the name of Maretu, was appointed native missionary at Ngatangiia, a position he has occupied up to the hour of his death. On the death of Mere Pa, Maretu was declared Ariki of Takitumu, and the circumstances relating to his appointment are related below. Pa Ariki paid a visit to New Zealand in 1901, when he accompanied Col. Gudgeon to welcome the Duke and Duchess of York on their landing in the colony. Pa Ariki was a. member of the Federal Council of the Cook Islands, and of the Rarotonga Island Council. He was also a native judge, of the High Court and of the Land Titles Court, 'and took a great interest in the government of the islands. He was always of great assistance to Col. Gudgeon in settling native disputes, and in matters generally, as he was able to view things both from a native and a European standpoint. The deceased-married at an early age Pali More, a woman of high rank, but he has left no children. As a. matter of course he was a large landholder, and used his lands* to fair advantage. The successor to the title of Pa Ariki will probably be Tupe Takau, the eldest male representative now living of the Tupe famil}'. In accordance with the regulations governing the election of Arikis and approved of by the New Zealand Government, the person to be elected must be approved by the Resident Commissioner before his election is valid. The deceased is to be buried on Friday afternoon, the 9th inst... and the funeral will be officially attended by the. Resident Commissioner and the Government officers.

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DEATH OF PA ARIKI., Auckland Star, Volume XXXVII, Issue 41, 16 February 1906

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DEATH OF PA ARIKI. Auckland Star, Volume XXXVII, Issue 41, 16 February 1906