Celebrating being Ngati Porou. More than 70 people gathered to celebrate their Ngatiporoutanga at Victoria University and Kokiri Marae, 25 and 26 March 2017.
A message from Sir Tamati Reedy, Chair, Ngati Porou ki Poneke Taurahere
Kei te mihi te ngakau ki te katoa i tae-a-tinana mai ki ta tatou Wananga.
Congratulations to all of you who gave precious time to attend our Wananga.
E kore e mutu te mihi ki nga pakeke o Ngati Porou i tae mai hei whakaahuru, hei kanohi mo nga maunga e tu mai ra i te wa kaenga; me a tatou tamariki-mokopuna! Katuarehe! Ka mutu pea! Ka mau te wehi!
To our pakeke who came as the sheltering reminders of their personal journey taken by their whanau - parents/grandparents of our mokopuna - to all of you who came, a very big thank you.
Ki nga kaikorero katoa i whakatakoto whakaaro mo Ngati Porou kei te wa kaenga, kei te whenua e noho ana, kua marere ki te ao whanui. Tena koutou!
To those speakers who shared their views on Ngati Porou 'back home’, and Ngati Porou who live away from our ancestral land-base and scattered far-and-wide, thank you!
Sir Tamati & Lady Te Koingo Reedy,
Nga Pakeke o Ngati Porou ki Poneke.
Thank you to all those who helped make E Tu Ngati Porou such an exciting and challenging event:
- University of Victoria for its venue and Dr Ocean Mercier for hosting us;
- Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou for its financial contribution;
- Kokiri Marae for its venue and delicious Sunday hakari.
- Matehaere Konia and George Konia for the Ngati Porou Whaikorero presentation;
- Ngaire McClutchie for Ngati Porou waiata and her Mana Wahine korero;
- Merlene Maxwell-Wehi and Wi Wehi for Paikea (3) from Mauke;
- Doug Hauraki for the Poneke Trust Deed Review presentation;
- Rhonda Tibble for the Tamaki Trust Deed Review and her esoteric Mana Wahine presentation;
- Michael Heihei for representing Tamaki Taurahere;
- Heni Pohatu for representing Waitaha Taurahere;
- Ariana Kaa for representing Waitaha Taurahere
And our small team of Kaimahi:
- Bub Konia for her catering extraordinaire skills;
- Turuhira Ngaronoa for keeping the team on-track;
- Rowena Wirepa for help at those most critical times;
- Te Koingo and Faith Acton for front-line and registration duties;
- Mei and Beau Taare for having the idea and talking a lot of people (and I mean, LOTS of people) into helping make it happen!