Hapū/iwi representatives gathered recently for the first wānanga in the Hapū/Iwi Histories Project where each of the 25 hapū/iwi involved in the Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kauwhata and Te Reureu treaty claims gets to research their own history.
The project is led by a team comprising Dr Gary Raumati Hook, Dr Fiona Momo, Manurere Devonshire, Hiria Green and Lynne Raumati. The first cohort recently met with 27 hapū and iwi representatives at Te Wānanga o Raukawa to begin shaping individual hapū/iwi research plans and to begin identifying the key themes of their research.
This is part of the research headed by Te Hono ki Raukawa who are currently supporting a number of Ngāti Raukawa Treaty of Waitangi Claims. It is one of the major claimant groups representing three closely related iwi: Te Reureu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa. It was established in 2008 at a hui-a-iwi and is working with other claimant groups including Tūmatanui and Tū Te Manawaroa. The group represents 25 iwi and hapū of Ngāti Raukawa in the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Kāpiti region.
Te Hono council member Professor Whatarangi Winiata said the group will be carrying out an extensive research programme to support the Ngāti Raukawa treaty claims.
“The representatives will be helping their own hapū/iwi produce their oral and traditional histories. This was one part of a hapū-centric approach and capacity building.”
In this way Professor Winiata said when Ngāti Raukawa present their findings to the Tribunal “there will be a large number of people who will be familiar with the research and the whole process.”
Importantly the representative will be helping their own hapū/iwi produce their oral and traditional histories.
“I think we can say we’re focused on the hapū experience rather than just the claim experience.”
Why are we doing this?
A number of the representatives were asked what excited them about the hapū narratives project?
George Kereama – Ngāti Manomano
The leadership offered by Whatarangi (Winiata) and Sir Edward (Tā Taihākurei Durie). It’s a real fillip for us and gives us a chance to express our own hapū history in our words – it’s being done by the people.
Lou Chase – Te Reureu
It wasn’t my choice but the hapū volunteered me because I’ve being done this for 10 years or so and I’ve worked for the Waitangi Tribunal. They’ll (the hapū) be unforgiving, demanding with an expectation to deliver. (However) I’ll be enjoying it.
Donovan Joyce – Ngāti Maiotaki
The opportunity to hear the full narrative of our hapū.
Peter Reweti – Ngāti Parewahawaha and Ngāti Pikiahuwaewae
We get to chance to tell our own stories – untainted. We get to guide the research and we know who holds the kōrero and information.
Robbie Richardson – Ngāti Parewahawaha and Ngāti Pikiahuwaewae
Doing something with the cuzzies from up the valley (Ngāti Manomano and the others). We’re all related so it’s fantastic to be working on this pūna kōrero as a resource for our mokopuna – it’s our stories and not someone else’s version.
Huatahi Nuku - Ngāti Pikiahuwaewae
Because it’s a chance for our whanau who haven’t been able to be involved with the claim, until now, to be involved and to tell their stories. It’s about home by the home people.