Ngāti Te Au researchers from Himatangi were part of the second group who started researching their hap history. From left is Kararaina Oldridge, Tina Wynyard and Ted Devonshire at Huia Marae.
Hapū/iwi representatives gathered recently for the third wānanga in the Hapū/iwi Histories Project where each of the 25 hapū/iwi involved in Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kauwhata and Te Reureu treaty claims gets an opportunity to research their own history.
This project is funded by the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and is one of the only occasions where hapū members are carrying out the research. Virtually all other research projects are carried out by professional researchers.
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.”
“I think we can say we’re focused on the hapū experience rather than just the claim experience.”
The project is led by a team comprising Dr Gary Raumati Hook, Dr Fiona Momo, Manurere Devonshire, Hiria Green and Lynne Raumati. There are two rōpu and they both were involved in the wānanga held at Huia Marae, Levin last month.
The first group started earlier this year and are nearing completion of the first draft of a 10,000-word report. They had the chance to discuss any issues with the support team and also meet a cartographer who will provide the groups with maps for their reports.
This is the first wānanga for the second rōpu who were given presentations on how to conduct their research and what was required. They will start to shape their individual hapū/iwi research plans and to begin identifying the key themes of their research.
This project 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 represents 25 iwi and hapū of Ngāti Raukawa in the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Kāpiti region.