Takitumu was first formed in September 2001 by Mr and Mrs Robert Nicholas.
It consisted of over 50 members widely spread over Brisbane and the Gold Coast areas as well as a dedicated Committee.
During the first year, Takitumu Participated in Netball and cricket through the Queensland Cook Island Sports association, completing the season with a Seaworld Boat cruise where the Clubs Presentation took place.
Robert & Kura Nicholas
With many goals and a futuristic visions, Mrs Kura Nicholas carefully planned, structured and put into action a once in a lifetime Tour. The tour had places including New Zealand, Hawaii, L.A and Rarotonga. Becoming the very Backbone of the club. The dream of Takitumu seeing all these places slowly unfolded itself into reality.
Sadly though, Mrs Kura Nicholas passed away in December 2002. A great Loss to all her family and friends as well as the entire Cook Island Community. But the Club kept strong to ensure that Kura’s Dream of the Tour went ahead as planned. Through hard work and determination, Takitumu’s Tour Group took flight in 2004.
Boy Joseph & family,Goldy,Theresa & Bob Piakura & Family, Alison & Barbra, Robby, Arani, Teina, Uncle Richard, Robert, Deborah & Sonny.
Kura’s Strong will, courage, enthusiasm and her happy spirit is what kept the Club Vibrant and joyful. It enabled people to feel at home and felt a sense of belonging in the Club. Mr & Mrs Nicholas opened their home, their hearts and their lives to Takitumu…And that is who we are today. Taking the very same principle that Kura had already paved for Takitumu. With the soul to keep her memory alive.
Towards the sky, this angel would fly
A heart of Gold u cannot deny
Served our people to her very core
Always giving, wholeheartedly and more
Now she rests with God above
Forever remembered, forever loved..
Leaving behind a path to follow
Perfecting your image to heal our sorrow
Only to find another tomorrow
We will always remember you, the way we have always known you.
A gentle, loving angel, with a heart so strong and true…
DEDICATED TO TEMEU KURA ONO KAMATE NICHOLAS
Surviving two beautiful children, with Attributes that reflect both Mum & Dad.....Deborah & Sonny Nicholas
We pray that God's open Arms be a shelter of comfort and peace for you both.... As your Beautiful mum held Us TAKITUMU close to her heart, We too will hold u close in our hearts...
Takitumu was the name of Tangiia's canoe and this name was applied both to the tribe which traces its descent from men who travelled to Rarotonga in that canoe, and to the district which they occupy. Though he was from a chiefly family, Tangiia was not himself a man of high rank. No tradition records his relationship to other members of his party, though some refer to them vaguely as his kopu tangata (cognatic kinsmen). The only exceptions to this generalization are Pa and Tinomana. Pa was adopted by Tangiia, but was a son of the renowned Tahitian chief Iro. Being of such high rank, Pa was later made titular head of the Tangiia tribe and it is through him that the Pa Ariki line of high chiefs trace their descent. Tinomana, of whom more details will be given later, was the son of Tangiia.
The other line of high chiefs of the Takitumu tribe today is that of Kainuku Ariki. The Kainuku people trace their descent from those early settlers who were living on the island at the time of Tangiia's arrival and who formed an alliance with Tangiia's people. Whether or not this union was preceded by conflict or threat of conflict is not known though the resident party were given only a minority role in the affairs of the group.
Though closely linked with the Tangiia people by marriage, Kainuku's party has retained its separate lands and separate identity. At the time of arrival of the missionaries, and apparently for some time before, Pa and Kainuku were joint chiefs of the tribe. They remain so to this day. In parochial affairs Pa generally takes responsibility for the eastern section, and Kainuku the southern section. Pa's people are the more numerous, however, and in matters concerning the whole tribe Pa often acts as sole spokesman. Despite this tendency for Pa to be deferred to as the more influential, both are high chiefs of the same rank.
Some or all of Tangiia's men were elevated to the rank of mataiapo (chief) and each was allotted a block of land running from the mountain to the coast. These blocks, known as tapere, are the most important land divisions on the island. Each mataiapo settled with his family on the tapere lands and formed the nucleus of a new settlement. The descent group which derived from each of these original chiefs became the focus of land-holding within the tapere. While owing allegiance to one or other of the high chiefs, the mataiapo enjoyed a considerable degree of independence.
While tradition states that this land division occurred shortly after Tangiia's arrival, it seems unlikely that each of the men could have established a viable unit so soon. It is more probable, therefore, that this phase did not occur until after the new arrivals had settled down and begun to expand in numbers, for all are said to have come in one canoe. They may have chosen wives from the earlier inhabitants or, alternatively, more migrants could have been brought from Raiatea, for some traditions record return visits to that island.
Each mataiapo had his own marae, which was located within the tapere near the place of settlement. By the time of first European contact some mataiapo had two or three marae, but it is assumed that this was the result of later developments. Each high priest (ta'unga) likewise had his marae and also a tapere of land for, in his non-priestly functions, his role was the same as that of a mataiapo.
Early in the period of settlement the title of komono was created, one holder being appointed by each mataiapo as his spokesman and deputy. Komono (which may be translated literally as ‘deputy’) probably began as the name given to the person who was next in seniority to the mataiapo, but in time it became an hereditary title under the mataiapo. Also below the mataiapo in the rank hierarchy were the rangatira, and though it is not clear just at what stage this title began to be bestowed, it appears in the tradition later than that of komono. By the time of first European contact each ariki had up to a dozen or more rangatira, and most mataiapo had several. The original rangatira are said to have been the younger brothers of the early ariki and mataiapo, and were given this title when they established separate units within the tapere.
Papa Tom Davis. An important part of our History
Papa Tom Davis being knighted by the Queen Eliizabeth.
The island of Rarotonga, which has always had about half the population of the country, is the centre of government and is divided into three large districts or Vaka known as Te-au-o-Tonga with three Paramount Chiefs: Makea Nui Ariki, Makea Karika Ariki and Makea Vakatini Ariki. The Vaka of Takitumu has two Paramount Chiefs: Pa Ariki and Kainuku Ariki while the Vaka Puaikura has one Paramount Chief: Tinomana Ariki.
Tinomna - Chief in the District of Arorangi
Kainuku Ariki - Chief of the District of Takitumi (Tribe of Tangiia, which was jointly lead by the Kainuki (generally responsible of the Southern Section) and the Pa Ariki (generally responsible of the Eastern Section (largest and most important))
1990- The Pa Tapaeru Teariki Upokotini Marie Ariki, 48th Pa Ariki of the Takitumu Tribe in Rarotonga
Also known as Pa Ariki or Pa Marie, Maria Peyroux Napa succeeded her mother Pa Tapaeru Terito Ariki (Known as Pa Ariki). She was a decendant of the Pa Ariki-line and a French adventurer, Dominique Peyroux, who moved to Rarotonga in the begining of the 20th society and is is one of the 2 chiefs of the tribe (vaka) of Takitumu (Takitimu Vaka Rarotonga). President of the House of Ariki 1992-2002, her younger sister, Karirangi Lily Henderson, claimed the title in 1998, but the High Court have confirmed her right to the title. She is married to a son of Tinomana Napa Tauei Ariki, who was Chief of Puaikura (1978-99), and mother of Noeline Teaurima, Princess Salamasina, Prince Samuela, Napa. Joined the Jehova Witnesses upon her marriage. (b. 1947-).
1943-90 Pa Ariki Pa Tepaeru Terito Ariki, Lady Davies, 47th Pa Ariki of the Takitumu Tribe (Cook Islands)
Terito Succeeded her mother as Pa Ariki, one of the two titles of the Takitumu Tribe. In her first marriage she had 3 sons and 6 daughters. After she divorced her husband, she married Sir Tom Davis (1917-2007) in 1979, the Premier of the Cook Islands, (1978-83, 1983-87) but refused to act as "first lady", was was President of the House of Arikis 1980-90 and openly critizised his politcal decisions. She was a prominent member of the Baha'i Faith, was succeeded by her oldest daughter, Marie Peyroux, and lived (1923-90).
|Before 2007- Moe Ada Ngamaru Ariki, Ngamaru Ariki of the Ngati Te Akatauira Tribe in Atiu, Cook Islands (Free Association with New Zealand)|
|Her title is possibly Pa Nia Ariki, She is one of the two chief of the Tribe (Vaka) of Takitumu in Rarotonga. When her mother, Kainuku Mata Tekura Tau ka Pa Nia Ariki died in 2004, the title was disputed by a distant relative, but the Courts have settled the title with her.|